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USA goaltender Ryan Miller wears a mask featuring nesting dolls of himself, his wife and his dog during a training session at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Ryan Miller Ready to Play! And Check Out that Helmet!

Sochi, Russia (WBEN/AP) - With the start of men's Olympic Hockey competition later this week, Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller is on the ground in Sochi awaiting word whether he will start.  Miller arrived in Russia and is ready to wear his customized Olympics helmet complete with nesting dolls representing his wife and dog on the back.

Selected as one of three goalies along with Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick and Detroit's Jimmy Howard, the Buffalo Sabres star is still awaiting word from U.S. coach Dan Bylsma, who has not yet revealed his plans on who will be the starter.

It's a decision that won't be based on sentiment, is all Bylsma would say before the Pittsburgh Penguins' 5-1 win over Miller and the Sabres on Wednesday night.

That's fine with Miller.

“I'm just preparing as if I'm going to play,” he said. “That way I'll be ready no matter what.”

Miller then offered an amusing disclaimer when the topic of his MVP performance at Vancouver was broached.

“It's kind of like law firms: It doesn't guarantee any future payouts or verdicts or anything like that,” Miller said. “It's an experience that I will always cherish. But I can't stack it in the net behind me. It's not going to deflect pucks away.”

Uncertain as his immediate future might be, including whether he'll remain in Buffalo once his contract expires after this season, Miller is at least secure in knowing he's not heading to Sochi on reputation alone.

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