The New York Islanders
I ended my recent post about which five teams I felt would be the most interested in acquiring Ryan Miller with the Islanders, so they seem like a good place to start here. Not to be too redundant, but the Islanders need a starting goaltender, and they have a team that is good enough to make the playoffs, so a perennial back-up/average goalie such as Ray Emery, Ilya Bryzgalov, or Johan Hedberg is not going to cut it. If I were Darcy Regier, I would have been on the phone with Islanders GM Garth Snow days ago, not in a “Look, you need us,” kind of way, but with a, “We both have an opportunity to make our teams better” sort of approach.
The Islanders have an awful lot of depth in an area the Sabres do not: the center position. Trying to swing a deal that would send Miller to Long Island for either Ryan Strome and/or Josh Bailey and a young prospect or two strikes me as being such an obvious opportunity, that it is no wonder it has yet to happen. Some people just want to make life more difficult than it needs to be. . . .