There are a lot of things I don’t like doing. Washing dishes, cleaning my room, doing home work, watching team USA beat team Canada- wait that never happens- and cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, not knowing an outcome of something and the anticipation around said event, is something I detest the most. It’s the exact situation I’m in right now ahead of the March 5th trade deadline as the Buffalo Sabres ponder the fate of Ryan Miller.
With each game leading up to March 5th I get a little more sentimental knowing that any game could be Ryan Miller’s last
as a member of the Buffalo Sabres. In addition to waiting for the trade deadline and not knowing what will happen, I also dislike all the trade rumours that lead up to the deadline. Boy have we seen our fair share of Miller rumours in the last 48 hours.
On Monday afternoon the rumours winds were swirling with news that the Buffalo Sabres would actively pursue trading Miller. So by Monday evening a report broke out which said, the market is slow and the Sabres would now be focusing on trying to resign Miller with the intent of trading him next season.
The school of thought on Miller @BuffaloSabres is that a deal in the Lundqvist range now would allow team to trade him in a better market.
Before last night’s game GM Tim Murray said he believes Ryan Miller’s first choice is to leave Buffalo and since that’s the case they will be shopping him to one of the 9 teams interested. Then after last night’s win we get this beautiful quote from Miller;
Miller was very honest and professional, as always, while admitting that he’d like to go to a winning team at age 34.
— Die By The Blade (@diebytheblade) February 26, 2014
The writing seems to be on the wall at this point in time. Ryan Miller wants out of town and likely won’t resign, which forces the Sabres and Murray to attempt to trade him before he walks for nothing.
We’re going to hear a million more rumours involving Buffalo Sabres goaltender ahead of the March 5th deadline. However, since I’m inpatient and it’s frustrating me, I’m asking you to vote.
What do you guys realistically see the Buffalo Sabres doing with Ryan Miller? Will they trade him, or attempt to work out a deal for a later trade or run at the cup? The market is slow and the return won’t be great, but it has to be better than letting him walk for nothing no? I’ve heard literally every angle, and now I want to know what you the fans think!