Poll: Ryan Miller- What’s he Worth?

Ryan Miller has started the year off on the right foot and he certainly can’t be blamed for the Sabres 1-8-1 record for the first nine. He’s done everything but score a goal- stick tap to Mike Smith- for this team and they still can’t help him out. With each goal against

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and game that ends, it’s becoming more and more apparently Ryan Miller has had enough of the team in front of him. The chances of Miller and the Sabres coming to terms on a new deal is slim to none, and it’s better to ask when he’ll be gone instead of if.

Darcy Regier is smart enough to realize he can’t let Ryan Miller walk and not get anything for the former franchise goaltender, especially with a rebuild going on. The Buffalo Sabres need young, skilled forwards and prospects, and that’s what they should target in any Miller deal. Miller’s contract is a little tough to work with so the Sabres will likely have to eat some of it in any deal they can come up with, but that’s a small price to pay instead of letting the goaltender walk for nothing.

The tricky question becomes, what is Ryan Miller worth? The goaltender market is starting to pick up again as the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and a few other teams are looking for goaltenders. Miller is having a pretty solid year between the pipes early on, has a Vezina trophy to his name, an Olympic Silver medal and may be heading back to his second Olympics. Not to mention he’s one of the most consistent goaltenders in the league having 7 straight years of at least 30 wins. In all aspects he’s a solid goaltender that a lot of teams would be willing to add- I mean how often do you get a guy with a Vezina and an Olympic medal come up for sale?

So what is Ryan Miller worth? Should the Sabres be looking for something similar to the Jason Pominville deal? Should they take any deal they can get or try to fleece a team’s prospects and draft picks? Like it or not, Miller is a very valuable trading chip for the Sabres and if Regier play’s his card’s right the Sabres will get a very solid return for Miller.

Place your vote below for a deal somewhere in the ballpark of what you would be looking for if you were dealing Miller and then sound off in the comments to let me know what kind of deal you’re expecting. *Ps; by a roster player I just mean anyone on a team’s roster such as a Cody Hodgson or Drew Stafford.

What Will the Buffalo Sabres Get for Ryan Miller?

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Topics: Buffalo Sabres, NHL, Ryan Miller, Trade Market

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  • chas territo

    He’s worth a plug nickel! lol.

  • qwicwted

    Problem with Miller is that his NTC of 8 teams and his desire to go west have lowered his trade value. Any team on the East Coast that want him knows it will be as a rental player and any team on the West Coast that needs a goalie is listed as one of the 8 teams he won’t go to, ie Edmonton. St. Louis seems to make the most sense – Halak/Stewart for Miller/Adam or even Kaleta. I don’t see St. Louis having a problem resigning Miller as St. Lou is a hub and it gets him closer to the wife.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      At this point in time that no trade clause has to be getting smaller lol. I think Miller would do well in St. Louis

  • Dano

    Remember folks, Reiger is behind the deal. Hes part of the decision making process.

    I think Darcy will want a first round pick and a prospect. He wont go for a veteran player. He only knows believes in the draft ( or so it seems ).

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Regier has been fairly good at landing solid trades- I really liked the Pominville deal. I agree that he’ll probably lean towards draft picks, but if you can draft high and well it’s a smart move

      • Dano

        Check this out.. Regiers drafting, 2012..

        12. Buffalo, Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec (QMJHL)

        14. Buffalo (from Calgary), Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque (US West)

        We see how they play and know the hype of one of them.. lets look at what they didnt…

        17. San Jose, Tomas Hertl, C, Slavia (Czech Republic)

        Dude has 10 points over 8 games. 7 goals, 3 assists, plays center. Buffalos whole team has 13 goals.. ROFLMAO!

        • Caitlin Campbell

          Wow! great find Dano! I’ll just say there was a reason Grigorenko fell so far in the draft and leave it at that. I am happy with Girgensons development thus far though.

          • qwicwted

            We all forget that “Patrick Roy, the owner, general manager and head coach of the Quebec Remparts and current coach of Colorado, liked Grigorenko so much that he traded up in the Import Draft in order to select him 2nd.” Prior to Bflo drafting Grigorenko, I understand that Bflo talked in depth with Roy regarding Grigorenko.
            As we all know…with any draft pick it is a crap shoot. So, I’m not going to criticize the Sabres passing on Hertl – cause we don’t have a Joe Thornton/Brent Burns combination. Joe is a great playmaker, while Burns creates havoc in front of the net. I can’t think of any players the Sabres have that are comparable.

          • Dano

            Vanek, Pommenville and Adams tore it up together for a while. Comparable? Thats debatable, but it sure was a good line.

            If Roy wants grigerenko, TRADE HIM for Ryan O’Riley! Toss in a second round pick just to rub Roy and gain favor.

          • qwicwted

            I guess my point was…..the Bflo crew talked to Roy who coached Grigorenko in order to get his feedback on him. I don’t think at that time, Roy was planning on becoming the CO coach. That is a splendid idea – I don’t think we could get ROR, but we can dream.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            I loved when Adams was gelling with Vanek and Pominville. They were exciting and producing

          • Dano

            I dont know the full reason why that line was broken up and Adam sent back to Rochester. They were doing well together. its another ‘ ? ‘ from the last 2 years.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            Adam wasn’t contributing on the back-end and playing some pretty lazy defence and since that didn’t go well with Lindy Ruff’s system he was demoted to the press box, fourth line and then Rochester.

          • Dano

            Its not just Grigerenko. Theres MANY players Darcy drafted that didn’t pan out for us. Look at the ‘ Pee-wees’. We had Kennedy, Gerbe, Ennis and Derek Roy all on the same team.. Was he trying to emulate the Habs of that time?

            2011, first round pick? Joel Armia. Will he see the team this year?

            2010 we snagged Pysyk. Hes playing.

            2009 we snagged Kassian.. traded for Hodgson.

            2008 Myers and Ennis.. How are they doing? Myers fell from 5th to 12th in the draft. We could have had Karlsson ( Ottawa ) or Jordan Eberly ( Edmonton ) Hell.. we might have been able to have them both! We had 2 first round picks and talent to trade.

            2007 we didnt have a first rounder. Had a pair of seconds though! TJ Brennan ( no longer with the Buffalo Org ) and Drew Shitestel ( spelling of name? .. Where are they now?

            2006 Persson.. Defenceman.. where is he? Back in Finland or Sweden or wherever in europe..

            Those drafts were done under Golisano ( as owner ), whos not really a hockey fan ( compared to Pegula ) and looked at the team as a money making entity. That was all on Regier.

            Regier is absolutely incompetent. Either he doesnt know how to hire a talent scout OR he just doesnt know how to draft at all.

            THAT is why Regier needs to go. He doesnt know how to build a team at all.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            Great finds Dano… thanks for that

        • wolfdoctor

          Hertl’s on a great team. If he played for Buffalo, I doubt he would have more than 3 or 4 points.

  • Jes

    St. Louis Blues or the New York Islanders seem like the most likely destination. A deal involving St. Louis will most certainly have to include Halak in the deal and I honestly want no part of him. Enroth and Hackett are good to go as an NHL duo next season. No need for Halak here. Unless we can acquire Halak then trade him off to Edmonton for a prospect or something. This is what I’d like to see…

    To St. Louis
    Miller (Take back most of Miller’s Salary)
    Adam
    Ennis

    To Buffalo
    Ty Rattie
    Brian Elliot (Once acquired just put him on waivers and bring up Hackett)
    Chris Stewart
    1st or 2nd rounder.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Looks good to me haha now does it look good to the Blues?

      • Jes

        Lol hope so but knowing Regier he’s probably asking for waaay to much in return for Miller. Miller alone won`t get you the package I stated above. Has to include Ennis or even Foligno to make it work.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          I think Foligno will be in blue and gold for awhile- Ennis they’re willing to ship out

          • Jes

            I doubt it. Any player is expendable. If Foligno doesn’t make huge strides this year I believe he becomes expendable. IMO he’s a shittier JVR right now.

  • wolfdoctor

    The longer the Sabres wait, the less they will get for him. I’d like a first round pick in the 10th to 15th range, but I am becoming more and more doubtful he will even be traded, let alone getting a first round pick.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      They really don’t have a choice but to trade him. If Regier let’s him go for nothing that has to be the end of him. Miller is a valuable piece they’ll be able to get a nice return for him

      • wolfdoctor

        Hopefully, but I remember Briere and Drury not getting traded, leaving the Sabres with nothing in return when they walked.

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