St. Louis has given Brian Elliott a new three year deal. That means Ryan Miller will not be staying with the team, and Buffalo's conditional draft pick from St. Louis changes.
The Blues said before they cleaned out their lockers that the AHL’s leading goaltender Jake Allen will be in the NHL with them next season, indicating that Miller will hit the free agent market.
The pick Buffalo got in the Miller trade will now remain a third rounder, and Miller will hit the unrestricted market.
The Blues acquired Miller and Steve Ott from the Sabres in late February for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a conditional first-round draft pick in 2015 and a third-round pick in 2016.
In 11 seasons in Buffalo, the 33-year-old has set franchise records with 283 wins and 539 games played. This season, Miller has been the team's MVP .
With a 14-22-3 record, Miller accounts for all but one of Buffalo's 2013-2014 victories. His .923 save percentage ranks seventh among goalies with 30 or more starts.
But his performance after a late season trade to St. Louis was lackluster. After taking a 2-0 series lead against the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks, the Blues lost four in a row for another disappointing early exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs