Will The Buffalo Sabres’ Defense Be Better?

August 19th, 2010 by TJ Luckman Leave a reply »
This is Part Two of an eight-part series of questions about the Sabres that many people have been wondering about over the offseason

Defense hasn't really been a strong suit of the Sabres for the few years after the lockout. However, last year's defense may have surprised many people.  

While it certainly is not an elite defense, the Sabres' defense could have been considered a top 15 defense last season, which puts them in the top half of the league. 

With the emergence of defensman Tyler Myers, the Sabres gained a credible defensman on their team who will probably make his name in the league for years to come.  While defensman Henkrik Tallinder can be credited for the "tutoring" of Myers, Tallinder's play benefited just as much as Myers' did. 

Steve Montador had a decent year as far as statistics go, and he was highly underrated as far as the Sabres defense goes.  His partner for most of the year, Toni Lydman, was mostly solid, though he had trouble with turnovers.  

Craig Rivet, captain of the Sabres, had a down year, playing with rotating defensman Andrej Sekera and Chris Butler; ...

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