The Five Most Likely Trade Scenarios for Ryan Miller

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April 23, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) reacts after losing his mask against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Buffalo Sabres won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

(Due to a server issue, an incomplete draft of this was posted earlier this morning.  I apologize for any confusion!)

Now that the fun that was the 2013 NHL Entry Draft has faded, it is time for fans of the Buffalo Sabres to turn their attention to free agency and the trade market.

There are plenty of players on the Sabres roster who could – and in some cases, should – be traded, but the two players whose fates the Buffalo faithful are most interested in are Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller.  I’ll examine the possible scenarios that seem the most realistic when it comes to Mr. Vanek in a bit, but today I’d like to examine the five destinations that seem most likely to be Miller’s new place of employment for the 2013-2014 NHL season, ranked in order (mine, mind you) of least likely to most likely.

Please keep in mind: I don’t spend all day on the phone, chatting with agents or front office personnel.  I read the news, I hear rumors, and I read the news more.  Statistically speaking, the overwhelming majority of rumors don’t pan out – they’re rumors!    I’m not in the business of playing Woodward and Bernstein; I’m just keeping my ear to the ground and speculating on what is out there.  Feel free to discuss, but don’t shoot the messenger if none of these scenarios pan out!

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Topics: Nhl Trade Rumors, Ryan Miller

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  • William Ray Walters

    As an Islanders fan I’d have no problem moving Bailey or Strome (but not both) to get Miller. I wouldn’t move Okposo unless someone else were thrown in. Okposo made some major changes to his game and really turned the corner mid season last year. He was playing like a man possessed and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was an all star this year.

    • William Ray Walters

      …come to think of it I might even move both Bailey and Strome, but I’d still want some other roleplayer or prospect back in addition to Miller. Neither team is dealing from strength, but I think the Isles are a bit more under the gun. They really need a goalie.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I really enjoyed watching Okposo, especially in the playoffs. He was a total thorn in the Penguins’ side!

  • davidmuscalo

    I like the scenario where Miller stays in Buffalo where belongs. I also would like to see the Sabres sign free agent Mike Ribeiro. This is a win/win situation for the Sabres and both players.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      There lies the problem, David – free agents such as Ribeiro are not going to go from a playoff team to a team in a 3-4 rebuilding process. That’s where trading Miller comes into play – a player being traded doesn’t have much of a choice, whereas a free agent does.

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