It appears the Buffalo Sabres and franchise goaltender Ryan Miller are finally ready to part ways after 10 seasons. A report has broken out through various Buffalo Sabres media outlets and from TSN that the Sabres will not be re-signing the netminder and Ryan Miller has agreed to move his partial no-move. Darcy Regier is willing to trade the goaltender as soon as he finds a suitable suitor.
— Ryan Wolfe (@wolfeshc) October 29, 2013
Miller has stated that he will only go to a contending team and refuses to be traded to any of the 7 Canadian teams- which means no
Edmonton. With Jhonas Enroth revamping his game and putting himself into a position to take over the crease and the Sabres acquisition of Matt Hackett, there really isn’t much room for Miller. So while Regier offered to make Thomas Vanek the highest paid player in the NHL, he made no attempt to make Miller the highest paid player.
This only confirms what most already knew, Ryan Miller won’t be back after this season. The question becomes where do the Sabres ship the netminder? The leading teams in the Ryan Miller goalie market are the Edmonton Oilers (except they’re Canadian). The St. louis Blues who are making a run at the cup. The Washington Capitals who are rumoured to be unsatisfied with Braden Holtby‘s regular season numbers. The New York Islanders who are in need of a netminder and the Philadelphia Flyers who would like to end their never ending goaltending carousel.
To make things even more interesting the Colorado Avalanche are now in the need of a netminder.
— theScore (@theScore) October 31, 2013
It will be tricky to move Miller with his $6.25 million cap-hit, but if Regier players his cards right he will be able to find someone to deal with. Much like the Vanek deal, the Sabres will end up eating some of the salary but if it results in moving Miller for picks and or prospects that won’t be a big issue.
If Regier is smart he’ll want to deal Miller rather quickly. Just like Vanek had given up on Buffalo, it’s beginning to look like Ryan Miller has as well. Miller started off the year on fire but hasn’t been able to keep that pace as his Goals Against Average has risen above 3.00 and he as a less than impressive 1-9-0 record. While the numbers aren’t fully his fault with the defence in front of him, they certainly don’t look good on the trade market.
Right now Enroth is flat out out-playing Ryan Miller and it’s time for Enroth to take a bigger piece of the net. The Buffalo Sabres no longer have room/or need for Miller and as a result they will not be re-signing the netminder. How much longer do you think Regier will wait until he pulls the trigger and where do you think Ryan Miller will end up?