Now that the Buffalo Sabres and Darcy Regier have made it pretty well known that they will be looking to move Ryan Miller, the question becomes where will he end up? Miller has stated that he wants to go to a contending team and that he will not accept a trade to any Canadian team.
With the no-Canadian team clause Miller has that leaves about 23 teams for Darcy Regier to wheel and deal with to find a suitor for the
goaltender. Miller’s cap hit and record this season will make him a little more difficult to trade but there has to be a team that is willing to make a move to acquire him. The question is who?
Are the Avalanche in need a new netminder after this Semyon Varlamov situation? Sending him to Colorado would land him close enough to LA to appease his wife and the Avalanche under Patrick Roy have a pretty solid team. Sending him to Colorado would be a win-win for the netminder. The Philadelphia Flyers are another team in need of some goaltending but when are they not honestly? Steve Mason has been holding down the fort for the Flyers but that won’t stop Paul Holmgren from shopping for a more experienced netminder. The Flyers don’t have much cap space so the Sabres would have to eat a large part of Miller’s cap, but if the Sabres can land a solid return it may be worth it.
Another team that is right in the middle of the Ryan Miller news is the New York Islanders. The Islanders could use a netminder and in fact if they had one last playoffs they may have upset the Pittsburgh Penguins. While the Islanders do need a goaltender, one has to think that if they wanted Ryan Miller they would have dealt for him instead of Thomas Vanek or would have worked out a deal for both Vanek and Miller.
A surprising team that has entered into the Ryan Miller trade rumours is the Washington Capitals. While Braden Holtby has been a great goalie in the playoffs the Capitals are rumoured to be unhappy with his regular season play and may be interested in adding a veteran to teach Holtby how to play in the regular season. The Capitals are another team in a position to win and make the playoffs but Miller would likely be riding the pine come playoffs in Washington. Another team that keeps floating around in the Miller rumour is the St. Louis Blues who would be willing to make a move and acquire Miller.
Where do you think Ryan Miller will end up when Darcy Regier finally pulls the trigger on the trade? Vote in the poll and then sound off in the comments which team you think will land Miller.