Just a few weeks ago, Tyler Myers completed his first mini-triathlon. He swam, biked and ran through 16 miles of his hometown of Kelowna, British Columbia. He loved it. He plans to make it a yearly outing, so it's on his calendar for next August.

He added two more annual events Thursday. They have his planner occupied until 2019. The first is to return to Buffalo every fall to play for the Sabres. The second is collect very large paychecks for doing the first.

The Sabres' rising star on the blue line became the latest person to benefit from owner Terry Pegula's commitment to winning. Myers and the Sabres agreed to a seven-year contract extension worth $38.5 million, including a $10 million signing bonus July 1, 2012.

"We wanted to recognize Tyler not only for his abilities now but his abilities in the future," Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said. "I don't think there's an area of Tyler's game that he won't continue to develop."