The big question coming into the offseason is the buzz about Buffalo’s future netminder; will the face of the franchise in Ryan Miller remain in between the pipes? Or will Buffalo completely change the familiarity and place Jhonas Enroth in net, with hopes to spark a winning effort out of a recently rebuilding team?
As a side note, Miller is not a free agent, he still has one year remaining on his contract.
The controversy surrounding Miller is simple. His house is now up for sale, and he has made his way to Southern California to spend the summer with his wife, actress Noureen DeWulf. The fact is most of people in Buffalo are viewing this as Miller’s attempt to get out of Buffalo and on to other teams.
This is only partly true, as Miller has specifically stated he would love to stay in Buffalo, but is open to whatever road may lay ahead of him. Stating that his future is now in the hands of GM Darcy Regier, and whatever he thinks is best for the organization. He is not being selfish, he just wants what is best, regardless if the best thing is him staying or going.
Looking into this, my observation is that Miller put his house up for sale simply because if he will be spending the summers in LA, why not just put the house up for sale, and purchase an apartment for the time being.
I believe that it is being way overlooked for more than it was; as just a small relocation of residence, not a total expectation of a major move.
This is not an attack on Jhonas Enroth at all. To me Jhonas is an extremely solid goaltender, but he is 24, turning 25 this summer, he still has many years left to take control of the team. He is stable, consistent, and extremely plausible to be the next face of the team.
As for who will be in net this upcoming season, I could not be happier with the two goaltenders we can have in Miller and Enroth. Both are competitive and head coach Ron Rolston should be pleased with the competition come training camp.
Personally, if the team is going to rebuild, I believe releasing Miller is a setback more than a needed change. The team can only grow if the right pieces are kept and brought it, not dealt out and wished to be a saving grace. The best thing that the organization can do is simple, draft a core defense, piece together a stronger threat of offensive play, and let the goaltenders [Miller and Enroth] continue what they are doing.
Where Miller ends up is really a toss-up. But if the team wants success, they don’t need a rebuild, they need to build off what core they have.