It's time to put the finishing touches on the 2008-2009 season for the Buffalo Sabres. Here is a complete report card of every single player that played a significant amount of time with the Sabres this season. Thanks to Japers Rink and Mile High Hockey for the inspiration.
#10 / Defenseman / Buffalo Sabres
Jan 10, 1979
|2008 - Henrik Tallinder||66||1||11||12||-2||36||0||0||1||0||35||2.9|
Key Stat: Three years ago Henrik Tallinder was one of the Sabres two best defensemen. This season he averaged only 18:25 of ice time which was fifth among defensemen on the team.
Interesting Stat: His only goal of the season was a game winner against the St. Louis Blues on November 12, 2008.
The Good: Tallinder has always been known for is defense and not his offense. He finished the season fourth on the team with 81 blocked shots.
Although is ice time was down this year in comparison to years past he was still one of the Sabres best penalty killers. He averaged 2:43 of short handed time per game on a unit that raned number 14 in the league. The Sabres allowed a total of 61 power play goals and only 18 of them were scored with Tallinder on the ice.
The Bad: Tallinder finished the season as a -2 which was the first time he had a minus rating since 2002-2003. The team scored only 2.40 goals/60 minutes when he was on the ice in comparison to 2.64 when he is off the ice. They allow 2.59 goals/60 minutes when he is on the ice and they allow only 2.46 goals / 60 minutes when he is off the ice.
He also had a knack for giving away the puck this season. He had 47 giveaways which was sixth on the team while only having 17 takeaways.
For a big defenseman he plays a soft game. He has never been known to be physical but this season he had only 48 hits. It seems his injuries may have caught up with him causing him to be tentative along the boards and battling in the corners.
2008-2009 Salary: $2,900,000
2009-2010 Status: Signed for $3,250,000
Vote: It's time to grade Tallinder for his play in Buffalo during the 2008-2009 season. Every player has expectations so vote based on those expectations. If a player played to their potential they should receive a "C" if they exceeded expectations they would receive a "B" or an "A".
Discuss: There is speculation that the Sabres may try to trade Tallinder in the off-season. If you were Dracy Regier would you try to trade him or hope he regains his old form? What is his best asset as a player? What is his biggest weakness?
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