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Reviewing crowded defense corps (again)

By Mike Harrington

As of this writing, the Sabres have no plans for any news conferences today with Darcy Regier in the wake of the Henrik Tallinder trade. Definitely an interesting transaction, one the team clearly hopes has huge benefit for the resurrection of Tyler Myers. The big guy thrived into a Calder Trophy winner playing with Tallinder in 2009-10 and hasn't been the same player since Tallinder headed for the land of Jimmy Hoffa in 2010.

(Any excuse to link to Rick Jeanneret's Dave Hannan call, right?)

But what does it mean for the defense now?

We went over what the blueline corps looked like as of yesterday, when Alexander Sulzer was re-signed. The addition of Tallinder, who certainly is immediately penciled into Buffalo's top six, makes things even murkier.

Let's assume Tallinder gets re-paired with Myers. And you can also assume Christian Ehrhoff and Mike Weber will be in the top six. Sulzer and Jamie McBain would have inside tracks for the other two spots, leaving Mark Pysyk, Chad Ruhwedel, Brayden McNabb and No. 1 draft pick Rasmus Ristolainen possibly headed for Rochester. One would likely stay in the NHL.

The Sabres just spent a No. 8 overall pick on Ristolainen. I still think he needs to open in the NHL but that's just me. Let's see how the kid looks this week at development camp and again at training camp.

And, remember, it's early July. We're more than two months away from the main camp. Pretty crowded group on defense -- especially for a team still looking for goals.

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John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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