You can breathe easy Buffalo Sabres fans – Tyler Myers is just fine.
Myers joined a group of his Sabres teammates for an up-tempo workout at the Northtown Center in Amherst on Thursday, and showed no ill effects of the ankle injury he suffered while playing for Klagenfurter AC in Austria during the lockout. Despite experiencing some jet lag from his trip back to Buffalo, the lanky blueliner glided effortlessly around the ice during skating drills, and competed hard during two-on-two battle drills.
The 22-year-old Myers sustained the injury on what he described as an “awkward play,” getting tangled up with another player while going to the net.
“It’s fine,” proclaimed Myers afterwards. “I came back for one game in Austria and it felt fine. I made sure it was ready to go before I came back. I’m feeling 100 percent right now.
“It got me a little nervous at the start, but once we figured out what it was I knew it would be pretty quick. I didn’t want to push it to try and come back too early in case the (NHL) did come back. I think that helped me out.”
Myers wasn’t the only fresh face at the Northtown Center today. Goaltender Jhonas Enroth was manning one of the nets, while Andrej Sekera and newcomer Adam Pardy were also in attendance. This was Pardy’s first time on the ice with the Sabres after being acquired along with Steve Ott from Dallas in exchange for Derek Roy on July 2.
Enroth said he was happy to be back in Buffalo after playing with Almtuna of the Swedish Allsvenskan League, posting a 2.18 GAA and .922 save percentage in 13 games. But those numbers took a hit during one particular road game.
“We had an eight-hour bus ride on the same day of the game,” said Enroth. “It’s pretty tough to sit on a bus and then go out and play. It’s a little different.” (Enroth said they also made the eight-hour return trip right after the game.)
And the result of the game?
“I played that night and we lost 4-1. It was a bad game for us.”
Enroth says the Swedish experience kept him in game shape, and you count him among those looking forward to jumping right into regular season action after an abbreviated training camp.
“Preseason games are good,” he says. “But they are a little bit annoying sometimes too.”
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