It's time to put the finishing touches on the 2010-2011 season for the Buffalo Sabres. Here is a complete report card of every single player that played any amount of time with the Sabres this season. The journey began with Luke Adam and will conclude in a month with Mike Weber. Thanks to Japers Rink and Mile High Hockey for the inspiration.
Time for Rob Niedermayer
#20 / Center / Buffalo Sabres
Dec 28, 1974
Contract: Signed for $1.25 million in 2010-2011, UFA after
2010 - Rob Niedermayer
Introduction: For the longest time, it appeared that the Rob Niedermayer signing was going to be one of the biggest busts in the history of signings for GM Darcy Regier. Niedermayer took until March 6th against the Minnesota Wild for him to score his first goal of the season, a 53 game drought from the start of the season.
Niedermayer did end up with five goals in his last 18 games and included another goal in Game 6 of the playoffs. His four points in the playoffs ended up tied with Tyler Ennis and Jason Pominville for fourth on the team. Niedermayer wasn't brought in for scoring twenty goals, but for his veteran presence in the lineup and defensive ability.
Key Stat: Niedermayer's five goals were the least career goals in a season since the 2006-07 season and his 14 points were the least since 2007-08.
Thumbs Up: Once Niedermayer finally got his first goal of the season, his season seemed to be rather acceptable. Five goals in twenty games during the Sabres final playoff push was one of the reasons that the Sabres spent the $1.25 million they did during the offseason. Niedermayer wasn't a total liability on the defensive end either, but his -8 doesn't help much for that argument.
Thumbs Down: The fact that it took 53 games for Niedermayer to score his first goal of the season was frustrating for he and Sabres fans.
Voting: On a scale of one to ten, one being the lowest and ten being the highest, grade Tyler Myers on his season according to the expectations you had for him. If he met them, give him a five or a six. If he eclipsed them, aim for a seven or beyond. If he failed to meet them, give him a lower number relating to how poorly he missed the target.
Topics of Discussion: Would the Buffalo Sabres consider resigning Niedermayer for another season? If the Sabres don't, will another team sign him or will he hang up the skates?