Contract extension talks between the Sabres and defenseman Tyler Myers are nearing their final stages, with Myers' agent telling The Buffalo News the sides are "not far away at all."
"We’ve been working for the better part of the last week here, and we’re definitely proceeding here every day," J.P. Barry said by phone late this afternoon. "We’re working hard on trying to get something finalized.
"We’re still here doing some stuff today, so we hope to continue today. We’re not far away at all."
The last hurdle in the talks, Barry said, is finalizing the term. TSN's Bob McKenzie reported early today the deal could be for six years and $33 million. Barry said it will be a long-term extension for Myers, who is entering the final season of his three-year, entry-level deal with an annual salary of $1.3 million.
"We’ve had a couple of time frames that we’ve talked about, and that’s what the work is here today," Barry said. "I expect to talk to [General Manager Darcy] Regier again soon.
"We had two sides that wanted to stay together. Tyler wanted to remain a Sabre, and having this done at an early stage was something that he wanted. He’s happy that the club approached him about wanting to do this early."