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Tyler Myers can return next Wednesday in Toronto. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Tyler Myers wasn’t expecting 3-game suspension

Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – Tyler Myers knows “it doesn’t matter what type of hit it is anymore.”

“If there’s any contact to the head, it’s going to be two to five games,” the Sabres defenseman said following practice today inside the First Niagara Center.

Myers received a three-game suspension for hitting Dainius Zubrus in the head late in Saturday’s 2-1 win against New Jersey.

“They explained that he gave me two and then they gave me one for being a repeat,” Myers said. “It is what it is. I like the fact on the phone call everyone recognized that it wasn’t my intention to target his head. After I saw the video, it’s clear that there is contact to the head. Fortunately, he’s OK.”

Myers added: “At the same time, I still wasn’t expecting three.”

He said he likely won’t appeal.

Interim Sabres coach Ted Nolan understands the suspension.

“It’s one of those things we have to get the head hits out of the game,” he said. “The league does a great job on that. I’m just wondering if last night’s game counted as one of the games.”

Nolan, of course, was joking. With Tuesday’s game against Carolina postponed, Myers can return next Wednesday in Toronto.

Related: NHL suspends Sabres’ Tyler Myers 3 games for head hit on Dainius Zubrus

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