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Henrik Tallinder played 468 games with the Sabres. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres re-acquire Henrik Tallinder from Devils

Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald

BUFFALO – The Sabres re-acquired old friend Henrik Tallinder this afternoon, sending low-level minor leaguer Riley Boychuk to the New Jersey Devils for the defenseman.

The 34-year-old Tallinder played 468 games over parts of eight seasons with the Sabres from 2001-10. The Swede signed a four-year, $13.5 million contract with the Devils three years ago.

Tallinder battled injuries after leaving, playing only 146 games in New Jersey and missing most of the Devils’ 2012 Stanley Cup run.

At his best, Tallinder’s a smooth, shutdown defender. He formed a dynamic duo with Tyler Myers throughout all of 2009-10, helping the rookie win the Calder Trophy and quickly become one of the NHL’s top defenseman.

Myers, it should be noted, has struggled and never been the same player since Tallinder left.

Tallinder has 26 goals and 134 points in 614 NHL games, including 468 with the Sabres, who originally drafted him 48th overall in 1997.

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