Miller's Future With Sabres Now The Focus As Trade Deadline Looms
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) It was back in 1999 when the Buffalo Sabres drafted a goaltender out of Michigan State named Ryan Miller. Over the past 15 years, Miller has become one of the best net minders in the NHL, even the world after he captured an Olympic MVP in the 2010 games in Vancouver. That long run in Buffalo may very well be coming to an end as Miller is due to become a free agent in July. If the Sabres can not convince Miller to sign a new deal, they will have to trade him as the NHL trade deadline is March 5th.
Steve Manson, of Western New York Hockey Magazine says the Sabres would like to keep him but it's unlikely given the team's current status of a rebuilding franchise, "I Know they'd like to sign him but the fact is time's running out. If they don't get him signed by March fifth, then they have to trade him because then they'll lose him for nothing on July first and that's just unacceptable."
The trade deadline always produces plenty of speculation for NHL fans and media alike and there will be plenty when it comes to Miller, probably the top name at his position on the market this year. So far, Manson thinks two clubs are in the running, " The feeling is that both St. Louis and Washington are the two prime candidates. Washington needs to make the playoffs this year, their general manager is on the hot-seat, they have plenty of talent up front but their goaltending has been shaky. St. Louis is a team that really thinks it can make a run for the Cup this year. The one thing is that their goaltending has been up and down."
Miller is slated to start for the Sabres when they return to action Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes at the First Niagara Center. That game is a make up of the one postponed due to severe weather back in early January.