With all of the rumors surrounding the Buffalo Sabres and their impending fire sale to rid the team of a losing culture – what are we missing when it comes to talks about moving starting goaltender Ryan Miller? It makes sense to move the starting goaltender who has manned the crease since the departure of Dominik Hasek many years ago.With the salary that he is commanding – and the fresh start the team wants to partake with – his outspoken style of leadership has worn thin in the Buffalo area – most notably with the fans. He’s not the goalie this team needs. The Buffalo Sabres need a goalie that is going to steal you victories. For whatever reason, he has not been that goaltender for a number of seasons.
Why hasn’t the team gotten rid of Ryan Miller yet? It’s all in the trade protection. Under contract for next season with the Buffalo Sabres - Ryan Miller has trade protection built into his contract. A contract that was signed when the Buffalo Sabres were a much better team, and his position on the team deserved protection. It appears now though, that Ryan Miller is closer to being moved from the team. He has reportedly given the Buffalo Sabres a list of eight teams he doesn’t want to be moved to. That gives the organization 21 teams to talk with.
Ryan Miller gave the #Sabres a list of 8 teams he wont accept a trade to before the season. Buffalo has 22 options if they want to deal him
— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) March 28, 2013
Ryan Miller wants to go to a contender. He has a silver medal. He has won the Vezina. It is in him to win. In order for Ryan Miller to be good, he has to have a solid team in front of him. Why would he want to end up on a team that has similar problems to his current team? Unfortunately for the Buffalo Sabres - those are the teams that are typically looking for an upgrade at their goaltender position.
Ryan Miller is most likely entering into the final years of his playing career, and the next contract he gets will most likely be his last. Ryan Miller is going to want to go to a team that is going to give him the best chance at stability and the ability to get his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.
At least the list of teams is places he doesn’t want to go, instead of backing the team into a corner of only a few teams he will go to.