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Myers takes suspension in stride

by Amy Moritz

Tyler Myers was surprised at his three-game suspension. But he understood the reasoning.

Myers will miss the next three games for his hit to the head against New Jersey’s Dainius Zubrus. Last night’s postponed game just pushes his suspension to the next three games on the Sabres schedule, meaning he is eligible to return against Toronto Jan. 15.

He received an extra game as a repeat offender have sat for three games for boarding in 2012.

Myers talked about his suspension hearing, done via phone, after Wednesday’s practice.

“I was pretty surprised …  but they explained that it doesn't matter kind of hit it is anymore. If there’s any contact to the head it’s going to be two-five games. They gave me two and then they gave me one for being a repeat. It is what it is. I like the fact that on the phone call that everyone recognized that it wasn't’ my intention to target his head. After I saw the video, it’s clear that there is contact to the head. Fortunately he’s OK.

 “I like the fact they acknowledged it wasn’t my intention to target that area and that I was trying to make a clean hit. At the same time, I still wasn’t expecting three. It is what is and I’ll just work hard until I'm back.”

Nolan accepted the suspension as part of the NHL’s effort to cut down on head injuries and joked about last night’s non-game in regard’s to the defenseman’s punishment.

“It’s one of those things. We have to get the head hits out of the game,” Nolan said. “The league does a great job on that. I’m just wondering if last night’s game counted as one of the games.”

Just in case you missed the humor, no, it does not count.

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John Vogl

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

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Amy Moritz

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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