Nov 21, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers (57) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Myers Suspended Three Games

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The Buffalo Sabres’ blue line will be much smaller for the next week.

The NHL has suspended big defenceman Tyler Myers for three games for a high hit on Devils forward Dainius Zubrus on Saturday night in Buffalo.

Jan 4, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Dainius Zubrus (8) lays on the ice after a hit by Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers (not pictured) during the third period at First Niagara Center. Buffalo beats New Jersey 2 to 1. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The play, which occurred midway through the third period of a 2-1 Sabres victory, saw Myers stepping up at the blue line as Zubrus was trying to get the Buffalo zone. Myers comes up high with his hands to meet Zubrus, earning himself a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head.

The Department of Player Safety video can be found below.

The suspension is the second of Myers’ career, having also been given a three-game ban in the 2011-12 season for boarding then-Montreal Canadiens forward Scott Gomez.

As he is considered a repeat offender, Myers will forfeit $201,219.51 in salary (($5,500,000 cap hit / 82 regular season games) * three regular season games), with the money going toward the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. Myers will be eligible to return on Jan. 14 at home against the Philadelphia Flyers.

In 42 games, Myers has four goals and eight assists while posting 46 penalty minutes and a minus-15 rating.

Myers’ suspension is the 23rd handed out by the NHL since the start of the regular season (counting preseason, there have been 29), with $1,345,698.97 in salary forfeited. The suspension is also the third given to a Buffalo player this season, following a 10-game ban given to Patrick Kaleta in October, and a seven-game suspension for John Scott in November. All told, the three Sabres will have missed 20 games due to suspension, with forfeited salary totalling nearly $400,000.

The numbers already dwarf last season’s 16 regular season suspensions and $538,691.94 in forfeited salary, and teams still have between three and seven games to go before hitting 48 games played. Therefore, supplementary discipline is very much on an upward trend.

(Credit to CapGeek.com for suspension technicalities.)

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