Remember how things were back in January? Of 2010?
Every time Rivet is asked to assess his teammate’s play, Myers owes him $5.
So before a reporter could even finish a question about Myers this week, Rivet looked to the 6-foot-8 defenseman across the locker room and yelled out: “Hey, Mysie! Chalk it up, bud.”
By Rivet’s count, he’s up $275 since informally becoming Myers’ P.R. man two months ago, when he started getting more questions about the player. And with the way Myers has blossomed into one of NHL’s top rookies this season, there’s no telling how large the payoff might be.
Money aside, Rivet acknowledges he doesn’t need any incentives to talk up Myers.
“Yeah, he’s the real deal,” he said. “He’s proven that not only can he play in this league, but to be an impact player. And he’s shown that right from day one.”
Oh, goodtimes! But it ain’t “day one” anymore – and how times have changed.
Captain Craig is gone. Currently, Rivet continues to go through the dehumanizing process of the waiver wire, and Tyler Myers is fighting to recover from a sophomore slump that has him ranked third worst on the team in the plus minus department, at minus seven.
Yesterday, we heard new owner Terrence Pegula decry the loss of defencemen Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman as a cooperative loss that cost the team at least ten games in the standings, and how the loss of Tallinder has affected Myers.
Yesterday, buffalo74 outlined in detail what the emergence of Mike Weber has meant for the boys of the Blue and Gold.
C’mon, Tyler. You don’t need Rivet. Nor do you need Tallinder, or Lydman… then again, that’s exacly 1/2 of a defensive roster. Talk about taking the rink out from under a kid’s feet. Maybe this 6’6″ anomaly of defencemen actually does need a proper mentor. With Hank Tallinder gone, and Rivet in the twilight of his waiver career, Myers has a very steep climb ahead – just to keep up with the progress of his rookie campaign.
Say what you want about the loss of Tallinder and Lydman – or even of the loss of Chris Drury and Danny Briere. When you’re done, wipe your eyes and try to focus on where the Sabres are now, and what they need.
Tyler Myers isn’t a superhero, and neither is Mike Weber, but #6 has been a steady foundation on the younger side of this blue line as Myers has worked to find a way to recover his feet again.
It’s a massive transition period on the blueline folks, but there will be better days ahead. For now, don’t forget to give a shoot, and cheer loudly for Myers, and for Weber.
They don’t really have any other mentors anymore.