Honorable Mention: The Buffalo Sabres
Yes – this could happen! After all of the trade talk by both Ryan Miller himself and the front office of the Buffalo Sabres, the 2013-2014 could begin and end with Miller wearing the blue and the gold. General Manager Darcy Regier has already gone on record as saying that he is comfortable starting the season with Miller as the starting netminder, and he obviously chose not to (or attempted but failed, I suppose) move Miller in order to improve the Buffalo Sabres’ position in the draft. If Regier is smart – keep your comments clean! – he will only move Miller if what he gets in return is likely to have a “guaranteed” impact with the Sabres (say, a top-6 forward or a top 5 pick from either this year or last year’s draft). Miller is more than capable of helping a team win a Stanley Cup, and with Mike Smith reaching a deal with the Phoenix Coyotes and Jonathan Bernier having been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ryan Miller is currently the best goalie in the market. Regier knows this, so if the price is not right, he would be wise to keep Miller until at least the start of next season.