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Report: Buffalo Sabres Won't Re-Sign Ryan Miller


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.

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.

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?

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  • Kevin

    If this is not just overblown media hype, then I would sit him and keep playing Enroth. Trade him now. Why take a chance on him getting hurt. I hate to see him go, but he thinks its time and so does management I guess. It’s all business at this point.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I agree if there’s any truth to this (and there has to be some we all know he’s leaving) they have to get rid of him now

      • Ben Chalker

        one would have to think he’d be receptive to the idea of going to Colorado.
        Is O’Reilly too high an asking price?

        • Andrew

          No, not considering that their current goalie is sitting in jail.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            Right now they badly need a netminder, Regier is good at getting big things for players he should have little problem landing O’Reilly

          • Jes

            O’Rielly isn’t going anywhere guys, bet your bottom dollar and that. And he can’ be traded before February or something like that anyway. Only one player on the Avs IMO is available that would maybe have any interest to us and that’s Statsny and he’s not worth it at all.

          • bigolbig

            I’d take Stastny for Miller. 27yo scoring forward, good size, UFA after this season so if he doesn’t work out he’s gone. Plus BUF finally gets the #1 center they’ve wanted.

          • Jes

            We already got the #1 center we’ve wanted in Hodgson. He’s way better than Statsny. Statsny is over the hill now man. Statsny is a 2nd line center on a bad team at best.

          • bigolbig

            27 = over the hill? Wow, Miller is ready for the old folks home then.

          • Jes

            Over the hill as in done as the $6 million man he was for one year. He’s like a 3rd line center guy.

          • bigolbig

            3rd line? Lol no. He’s still good for 60+ points. Plus his contract is up after this season so we could possibly resign him on the cheap.

          • Jes

            LOL 60+ points? Your dreaming pal. On a line with Malkin or Crosby or something ya maybe but anything else hell no. He’s a 50 point guy max right now.

          • BushwickBill85

            Statsny is not over the hill and right now hes top line with landeskog.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            But I want ROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let me have my dreams, dude! :D

  • Russell

    Trade him to the Islanders for Okposo and if they can get it a 2015 draft pick (if the islanders pick up the option to move the 2014 pick to 2015 then it become a 2016 pick) it would be great if miller can bring in a young first line winger a draft pick that would be great. Is this a possible move?

    • Caitlin Campbell

      yeah I don’t see why not. The Islanders are trying to make a playoff run and they could use a goaltender.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      How many picks do you think the Sabres can fleece from the Islanders? :D
      If they wanted Miller, that deal would have been part of the Vanek move.

    • Jes

      LOL how much do you think Miller is worth guys? You won’t get much more than a role player + a 2nd rounder in return. And maybe from a real desperate team a 1st rounder that’s about all your gonna get and maybe if your lucky a prospect.

  • Dano

    Give us RyanO a first OR second and call it a deal. Thats about as close to Cali as Miller will land endless he wishes to take a HUGE ( like 90% ) paycut and sit behind Quick in L.A. where he wont ever see the ice.

    Even without the picks, just let Miller go for a good roster player and put it all behind the team. Let the rebuild move forward.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I think Regier would be very happy picking up ROR and a 2nd from the Avalanche in exchange for Miller. And I agree this is about as close to home as he’ll get

      • bigolbig

        I doubt COL would give up ROR straight up for Miller, let alone with a pick. BUF would have to retain salary so that might give Regier some leverage. Maybe send a D-man with him for ROR+. Either way ROR cannot be traded until Feb. 28 due to CBA/offer sheet rules.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          We’ll have to eat some of Miller’s salary undoubtedly.

    • Jes

      LOL Miller’s not gonna get you that much man. His SV% ranks like 20th in the league and he’s got an awful win/loss record and have you seen his GAA? It’s over 3, not great selling points. ROR is on the AVS most productive line, why would they want to screw that up? ROR I staying plain and simple, Statsny makes more sense.

      • Ben Chalker

        Miller is averaging 36 saves a game…

        There only 3 teams in the league give up that many a night (BUF, OTT, TOR ).

        Miller is 4th in the league for total saves behind Palvec, Smith ( both 12 games ) and Price ( 11 games ) in 10 games.

        SV% can be deceptive.
        For reference, COL are averaging 32.6 Shots against a game. Put Miller back there and they’ll be fine.

        • chas territo

          Dude, so what! How many wins does he have, zeroif memory serves.Why do you think he is a good goalie, saves are what loser (Sabres) see, winners get and look at wins!! I don’t understand how peole rate this guy as good or save s leader as a barometer for his average play! Can anyone school me??

          • Jes

            It matters huge DUDE!! Most of the games we’ve lost have been 1 goal games and if you look at most of these games Miller has always let in one softy. GAA is huge man, go study up.

        • Jes

          Varlamov and Gigure are doing great. Varlamov is in early consideration for the Vezina. I know he was arrested but has been released. Usually these domestic abuse charges mean nothing to athletes they have the money to get the best lawyers that can get you off with anything sometimes even murder. The guy will get a fine and have to do community service in the service and probably will donate a few 100 thousand to a women’s charity and that will be that.

      • HarleyRider77

        Sometimes it helps to have a defense in front of you to help. From what I have seen so far this season (2 wins, 13 losses, 1 tie), the Sabres have no offense and no defense therefore the goalie numbers will be bad. No goalie can handle that crap.

  • qwicwted

    You know there is also Nashville who may be looking for a goalie since Renne has a serious bacterial infection in his hip. Since Miller is agreeing to modify his NTC, I guess that means there are only the 7 Canadian teams on his list. I don’t know how Varlamov’s arrest and charges will effect CO’s goalie situation. But there are teams out there that are in need of goaltending – so I think the time is right and wouldn’t be surprised to see something happen real soon. I can’t see the Islanders trading Okposo, but I can see St. Louis, Carolina, or Nashville have some interest. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what Darcy has in store for Miller.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      the time is really soon to ship Miller, the market is picking up and there are teams in need of goaltending. I hadn’t thought of Nashville but I’ll keep them on my radar. Miller will be gone sooner rather than later

  • Jon Abbey

    The best deal for all parties involved in my opinion would probably be a three way trade sending Miller to Anaheim for their starter Hiller and top 5 prospect then flipping Hiller to Edmonton for a top 10 prospect and a roster player.

    Buffalo is going to have to take back a goalie to trade miller to a lot of teams and they might as well try to move any of them to Edmonton if possible. and we would be sending Miller to California in the process.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      If Edmonton would be willing to talk for Hiller that’s an interesting deal, but Anaheim seems to like both Hiller and Fasth so it would be interesting. With Fasth playing so well there’s no guarantee Miller get’s the crease.

      • Ben Chalker

        Fasth is the future in Anaheim. Hiller’s contract is up this year, they might extend him another year, but I’ve seen talk he might be shuffled along.

  • lee Munn

    With Miller refusing to go to any of the 7 Canadian teams… Has there ever been a Canadian goalie saying I’ll take a trade except to any of the 23 US teams??

    • Caitlin Campbell

      For Miller it’s all about location. He wants to be as close to possible as Cali and Canada is the opposite direction. But no I don’t recall a Canadian goaltender ever doing this.

      • lee Munn

        I am sorry. I am a Miller fan I even have a shirt… But he is saying ‘ I DO NOT WANT TO GO TO CANADA’. Calgary Edm. or Vancouver is 1/2 the distance to LA than Philly New york/NJ. So using Cali is a bad excuse. Look at a map with a ruler & see. No, He just does not want to go to Canada plain & simple.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          With all due respect I am one of the biggest Ryan Miller fans. I’m aware that Vancouver is very close to Cali but he stated he just doesn’t want to go to Canada, he’s an American and doesn’t want to bother with visa’s and what not. He wants to stay in America it’s his choice.

          • Jes

            Ya a retarded choice. He’s gonna watch my Canadians run all over him in Sochi (If he’s selected that is lol).

          • Caitlin Campbell

            Hey now I’m Canadian as well

          • [email protected]

            Ohhh that explains why you spell some words weird in your articles!!! Duh on my part…

          • Caitlin Campbell

            haha yup the good old Canadian spelling

          • Silk Eotd

            His family actually is from Canada though. His grandfather was from Saskatchewan and they only ended up in the States because he accepted a hockey scholarship there…. I’m thinking it might be bitterness over the 2010 Olympics but who knows..

        • qwicwted

          Lee – Miller wants to go to a contender and he also to get closer to the wife in LA. For the most part, I can see him not wanting to go to Canada because of flights and most likely going back and forth across the border. I think if Ryan thought he had a chance to go to Vancouver he might blink about it. But flying to Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg just takes at least half a day. I’m sure what Miller did was say, I’ll modify my NTC to just Canadian teams which could open the door to the Islanders, Carolina, Florida and even Nashville. I think there is a lot more interest than noninterest and I can see a deal happening within the next month.

      • Jes

        I don’t think that’s the case CC, the guy simply hates Canada IMO. You can tell. If you have a trade ready to go to a team like Vancouver and he rejects that because they are a Canadian team and accepts a trade to Florida instead, that’s pretty retarded IMO. And honestly winning a Cup at his age should be first on his To Do List with his career. The way he has been dwindling down these past few years gives me the impression that he’s got quite possibly 3 years max left in him to be a decent starter and after those 3 years he will be relegated to backup duties.

        • bigolbig

          Why would VAN want him? They already have Luongo signed for about 11ty years lol.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          Sadly Van wouldn’t want him with Luongo. But I think you’re right he just doens’t want to play in Canada

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  • Jes

    I don’t get that part where you said Miller has agreed to waive is limited NTC but won’t accept a trade to a Canadian team? Doesn’t make sense….

    • Caitlin Campbell

      sorry about that. Basically he’s willing to get traded but won’t accept a trade to a Canadian team. I’m assuming the Canadian teams are on his no move

    • [email protected]

      There was more than just those 7 Canadian teams on his no trade list. Now it is just those 7 teams he will refuse a trade to.

      • Jes

        He could only refuse a trade to 8 teams I believe so unless he’s lifting a ban off that last One team we are really in the exact same position as we were before this news broke. He’s got to provide the list of 8 teams he can’t change every other day I don’t think.

        • chas territo

          Jes with one ess, you don’t need to say the same thing again and again. I’m sure we’ve all seen your comment about the 8! Try a new comment subject. Just saying, not criticizing. lol.

          • Jes

            Lol what did I say twice there doofus? Go somewhere else and do your troll work lol… Only thing I have said twice is that ROR cannot be traded until February so don’t get your panties in a wad over something like that guy.

          • chas territo

            Actually you said it over and over and over! You have told us about the 8 teams, etc many times. Originality is a lack of knowledge. Insulting me is childish and here from past postings you made, I was impressed with them. NO LONGER!! You showed your true colors and that is an immature person, not a man! Hiding behind your keyboard, protected by your pc does not make you brave, tough or a man! I did not insult you, i asked “why post the same thing again?’ If, in your small mind you saw that as an insult, get a thicker skin! Grow the fuck up! Being an asshole does not make you credible! I’m sure when you read this, you will insult me again proving my words about you are true!!

          • Jes

            Hey Chas, with no Z,

            Ok first off by criticizing someone’s post and then you follow by saying “… not criticizing, just saying,” doesn’t mean your not criticizing the guy. That’d be like me telling you to STFU (Which I am) and then follow that by saying I didn’t tell you to STFU you know I’m just saying lol.

            Me grow the fuck up? How about you grow the fuck up? Your the one who came in here running his mouth behind his keyboard and screen like a little frightened year old.

            You think I find your posts intelligent at all? No sir. Even before this squabble this I didn’t care for them.

            Being an asshole doesn’t make you credible either douche. Of course I’m going to insult your pathetic ass, you insult me I insult you. That’s way the cookie crumbles. I’m not gonna just take your shit laying down.

            Last but not least I said the 8 teams thing twice guy. The only thing in this column I have said more than twice is that ROR cannot be traded by the AVS until February and that he’s on the most productive line for the AVS. Seriously guy piss right off.

  • Justin Tosczak

    If this is true, then Miller’s value just went down by stating that they will trade him first chance we get.

  • chas territo

    Do you really think we’ll get good value for him? I sure the eff don’t. By going public we lost any advantage we might have had. Trading a goalie is tough to do, but when his league perception is not that good, trade and impossibility go hand in hand. A lo of fans think highly about Miller’s skills, e real, he can not win any big game ever! His chokability in big games and games wit a lot of physical play, he is no where to be found! You know it and I know it. His days of being almost elite are way in the past. The man is average at best!!

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