March 9, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) fights for position with Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (44) during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: Should the Buffalo Sabres Trade Ryan Miller To Philadelphia For Sean Couturier?

Apr 26, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) during the game against the New York Islanders at the First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Islanders 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Could the Buffalo Sabres and the Philadelphia Flyers become trade partners in the near future?

Yesterday, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News tweeted

Clearly, acquiring Ryan Miller would be a wise move for the Flyers, who have been plagued by inconsistent goaltending since Bernie Parent retired (okay, it only SEEMS that way) and who recently bought-out the contract of goalie/astronaut/total flake Ilya Brygalov.  With Miller being the best goalie available in a market that includes Roberto Luongo, Mike Smith, and Jaroslav Halak, the Flyers should have Sabres GM Darcy Regier on speed dial as the 2013 NHL Entry Draft approaches.

The question, though, is would the trade be worth it for the Sabres?  If Buffalo is indeed interested in Couturier, they would be shipping out an All-Star goalie for a young, big center who can play lock-down defense on opposing players (like he did on Pittsburgh’s Penguins center Evgeni Malkin in the 2012 playoffs) and who is going to continue to grow on offense.   Buffalo would almost certainly also receive a draft pick (Philadelphia picks 11th in the first round) and  possibly even a prospect.

Thing is, there are other teams interested in picking up Miller – for example, the Edmonton Oilers, who pick 7th in this year’s draft – so is a Miller-for-Couturier trade the best the Sabres could pull off?  I do like Couturier; I’m just wondering if this is the best the Sabres could do under the circumstances.

Your turn: vote, and comment below!


Should the Sabres consider sending to Miller to Philly?

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Tags: Buffalo Sabres Ryan Miller Sean Couturier

  • MJK

    I don’t see the Flyers giving up Couturier and their first for Miller. It would be nice, though.

    • Richard Spalding

      We engage in wishful thinking around here!

      • philherz

        With all the bad news surrounding the Sabres, why can’t we have some wishful thinking once in awhile.

        • Richard Spalding

          Exactly! Glad to see you on the comments section, Phil!

          • davidmuscalo

            I don’t consider giving up Miller wishful thinking, I consider it foolish thinking!

          • Richard Spalding

            Maybe, David – but do you think Miller will resign next summer? If he walks, the Sabres get nothing – and we all know he will walk.

          • davidmuscalo

            It is the responsibility of Regier and Terry to see that he re-signs with the Sabres.

          • Richard Spalding

            I agree to disagree!

      • Kevin

        Personally, I think it will be a steal giving us 3 first rounders plus a proven player.

  • spinner688

    This would be a nice gift from the flyers though

    • Richard Spalding

      Well, the Flyers have managed to make every wrong move imaginable when it comes to their goaltending situation. They are not going to win anything unless they bring in a proven guy, and Couturier is a moveable piece, for sure.

  • j.f.

    no chance they get rid of Coots for a head case like Ryan Miller this is purely kicking the tires

    • Richard Spalding

      Flyers specialize in head case goalies! Bringing Miller in to replace Bryzgalov will be a breath of fresh air.

  • Joe

    We lose Miller after this season anyway, because there’s no way he resigns with Buffalo. Why not take a young player and a high pick from Philly?

  • PaulR

    I’m surprised the Flyers got rid of JVR last year, and signed Streit this year. Holmgren clearly is becoming senile, so its best to take advantage of him and the Flyers while he is still around.

    • Richard Spalding

      This is the best strategy I have read in a while!