The Five Most Likely Trade Scenarios for Ryan Miller

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Sleeper: The Colorado Avalanche

This one is 100% speculation on my part, not supported by any trade rumors/chatter that I have read so far.  Let’s consider the Avalanche’s situation, however: having just picked up superstar-in-the-making Nathan MacKinnon, the Avalanche want to capitalize on the excitement they have generated by making a speedy return to the playoffs.  Their starting goaltending last year was less-than-impressive: Semyon Varlamov started 33 games for them, going 11-21-3 with a GAA of 3.02 and a save percentage of .903.  Their backup?  Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who is 36 and didn’t fare much better.  The Avalanche drafted goalie Spencer Martin, who played well for Team Canada but is still too inconsistent to inherit a starting gig any time soon.   I would not be surprised at all to see Colorado suddenly start shopping for goalies, and with so many young forwards on their team, it is feasible to think that the Avalanche could make an offer that the Buffalo Sabres would find difficult to refuse.

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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.