Henrik Tallinder was born January 10, 1979 in Stockholm, Sweden. The 2nd choice, 48th overall selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Tallinder spent five years in Sweden with AIK Solna before heading to Finland in 2000-01, and suiting up for the Finnish League Champion TPS Turku.
Known more as a stay at home defenseman, Tallinder had a career high 14 points in 2001-02 as a member of TPS Turku, the 2000-01 Finnish League Champions. After only one season in Finland, Tallinder joined the Sabres organization in 2001-02 and spent the majority of the season with the team's AHL affiliate in Rochester while playing in two games for the parent club. Tallinder earned a full-time stay with the Sabres in 2002-03 seeing action in 43 games with the club before becoming a member of the starting six in 2003-04.
On the international stage, Tallinder represented his homeland at the 1998 World Junior Championships.
In 2009 Tallinder was selected to represent Sweden at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
On July 1, 2010, Tallinder would leave the only NHL club he had ever known and sign a four-year contract with the New Jersey Devils as an unrestricted free agent.
Tallinder was limited to just 39 games during the 2011-12 season after suffering a injury on January 17, 2012. Due to injury and the NHL lockout, Tallinder would appear in just 25 games in 2012-13. He would record a goal and add three assists.
On July 7, 2013, Tallinder found himself on the move again. This time he was traded back to where it all began, the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Riley Boychuk.