Myers doesn’t need Calder to prove value

Alright, fellow Sabres fans. I think I’ve had enough of this.

Especially over the last two months, I’ve seen a bunch of posts, articles, ramblings, whathaveyou… about how Tyler Myers needs to win the Calder trophy.

Yes, Myers is by far one of the top rookies in the National League this season. Going into Wednesday’s action, Ty was 3rd amongst rookies in points with 41. He’s leading all rookies in ice time, at least those who’ve played more than just a handful of games.

He’s been flat out phenomenal.

But who really cares if he wins the Calder?

Myers has been in the discussion all season, often as a front runner, but it’ll come down to him fighting out Colorado’s Matt Duchene and Detroit’s Jimmy Howard for the hardware. It’s very possible that Duchene, who’s leading all freshmen in points, or Howard, who’s usurped the starting job in Detroit, will sneak in and take it.

But the trophy is pretty much meaningless. It won’t finally vindicate Myers as a talented player. It won’t prove the doubters wrong. We all know he’s good, even with his occasional hiccups and growing pains in his inaugural season. Myers will be a force the remainder of his career.

So what does the Calder mean? Nothing we didn’t already know. It’d definitely add to his resume, which will help him when the Sabres will be trying to sign him to his second contract, but that’d be a negative for the team’s financial situation when it comes to the cap.

In the end, it could be Myers walking away with a little piece for his mantle from his trip to Vegas in June. It won’t do anything to change how effective he’s been on the ice.

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Posted on March 25, 2010, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It matters because it’s a tangible award that speaks well of the Sabres. It would be something to be proud of beyond stats and compliments from hockey people. The Sabres draft well despite only twice picking in the top-10 of the entry draft in the last 20 years. Beyond that, Myers just deserves it. If he doesn’t win, it would be crazy. That’s at least why I care.

  2. Andrew Raycroft told me that in the end, it doesn’t indicate much.

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