Mailbag: Pressure is now on Tyler Myers

Updated: September 16, 2011, 1:03 PM ET
By Craig Custance

One of my biggest fears in life is planning a mailbag and not getting any questions. It's also in my rotation of recurring nightmares that include showing up to a final in college without ever attending a class.

Thankfully, hockey fans have shown me mercy in our first crack at a mailbag, one I'd love to do weekly. Between Twitter (give these hockey fans below a follow; they're good people) and our mailbag page (click here to send a question for next week), we're off to a strong start. Feel free to add additional questions in the comments, and I'll grab them for next time.

So, here we go, with a question about the recent flurry of signings:

Of all the recent signings (Tyler Myers, John Tavares, Brad Marchand) who now has the most pressure on them entering the season? - @WingingitMotown

I'll immediately rule Marchand out. When you perform the way he did during the playoffs and win a Stanley Cup, you get a grace period. It's a tough call between Tavares and Myers, but I'm going with Myers. I spoke with Sabres GM Darcy Regier about him recently, and there's no concern in the organization about the inconsistencies that Myers showed early last season. They obviously believe in him, giving him a seven-year deal that colleague Pierre LeBrun reported at $38.5 million. I liked how Myers played in the second half of the season after a slow start. This deal has the potential to be a nice value for the Sabres, but the pressure comes from raised expectations in Buffalo. Ownership has committed financially to its intentions to win a Stanley Cup and has identified Myers as one of the cornerstone pieces to do it. Now, the pressure is on him to deliver.

Do the Columbus Blue Jackets "need" for Nikita Filatov to fail? - Smeetsya

Will the Nikita Filatov experiment work in Ottawa? - Ryan Porth, @RLDhockey