Feb 25, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) during a stoppage in play against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: Will Ryan Miller Win The Stanley Cup This Season?

Funny how your fortune can turn on a dime.

When the season started, this was absolutely zero talk about whether Ryan Miller would be hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup at the end of the 2013-2104 season.  After all, he was still playing for the Buffalo Sabres, a team that, statistically speaking, actually had a NEGATIVE percent chance of being crowned NHL championships this year.

Sure, there was plenty of talk about Miller being traded, but you don’t put the cart before the horse, and you don’t talk about a player winning the Cup before he gets to a team that could contend for the Holy Grail of Hockey.

Now that Miller has been shipped out to St. Louis, however, the Stanley Cup talk may begin in earnest!   The Blues are currently the number three team in the Western Conference, their 84 points only two less than Chicago’s and only five less than Anaheim’s.  More importantly, though, the Blues boast an impressive +59 goal differential so far – best in the NHL.  St. Louis has the second-best offense in the NHL, scoring 3.2 goals per, and the third-best defense, surrendering only 2.27 goals a contest.

And now they have added Ryan Miller, a goalie whose name should have been included in any talk of the Vezina Trophy despite the fact the was playing for a 17-34-8 Buffalo Sabres squad.

Miller is expected to replace Blues goalie Brian Elliott, who is a capable goalie (15-5-2, 2.08 GAA and .917 save percentage) but who has failed to impress in the playoffs.

Let’s recap: the Blues can score.  They can defend.  And Ryan Miller now plays for them.

What do think – does he win the Cup this season?  Let me hear ya!

Do you believe that Ryan Miller will win the Stanley Cup with St. Louis this season?

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Tags: Buffalo Sabres

  • Jes

    “Miller is not expected to replace Blues goalie Brian Elliott but the fact is, St. Louis now has a capable and HUNGRY back-up whom they can turn to should Elliott (15-5-2, 2.08 GAA and .917 save percentage) fail to impress come the playoffs.”

    Miller not replacing Elliott? Capable backup in Miller? What you smoking this early in the morning? Lol. St. Louis traded there starter for another teams starter who is a 100X better then Halak and will automatically be the starter of the St. Louis Blues henceforth.

    • wolfdoctor

      Ha ha. I thought he was making a joke.

      • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

        Yeah, sorry: I have re-worded it to clarify. I don’t think my idea came across as intended!

        • Jes

          lol sorry for the mix up rich.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Don’t apologize – let me know if something doesn’t sound quite right! I was trying to squeeze this post in during a break between two games at a tournament, and I didn’t get my point across properly!

          • Rob Dotzler

            That’s the great thing about blogs, lots of free editors. I think Miller gets most of the starts, they would want him sharp for the playoffs, but not nearly the percentage he was getting here. He just wouldn’t need to be relied upon so strongly there.

          • Rob Dotzler

            And, oh yeah, that was a big drop in shots he had to face last night. 10 to 15 less than he’s used to facing. I wonder if he brought anything to read with him. You know, for something to do during down time.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Sorry – see my comment below!

  • Thomas Eric

    If miller doesn’t win this year he will in the next 3 he’s gonna be just like hasek as soon as he leaves he gets the cup

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Most likely, yes.