The Buffalo Sabres have resigned restricted free agent Nicolas Neslauriers to a two-year contract on Memorial Day [Fox Sports].
I have no real emotion on this signing, other than the fact that the Buffalo Sabres are hoping he will round out the Rochester Americans with some toughness and be a depth player. While Deslauriers didn’t play poorly in his short time with Buffalo; I didn’t see anything that jumped out to me as requiring him to be signed over any of the other restricted free agents.
I like the fact that Deslauriers will go to the front of the net and won’t shy away from physical play – something missing in the Buffalo Sabres lineup for a long time.
It is going to be an interesting off season for Ryan Miller. I like this article right up until the point where the question is once again raised to bring Ryan Miller back to Buffalo. That just shouldn’t happen. No way, no how. If you scratch teams that are rebuilding; teams that have no chance, teams up against the cap, teams not willing to pay, and teams that already have a goaltender – the list of teams open to bringing on Ryan Miller gets smaller and smaller.
If you take into account that teams Ryan Miller won’t play for, the list is even smaller. His subpar performance in the playoffs coupled with his wanting to play in a specific market (i.e. closer to his wife) Ryan Miller may have signed his retirement certificate early in life.
What will likely happen however is Ryan Miller will take a deal for a team he really doesn’t want to play for just to stay in the league, and the whoever signs him is going to have the same situation as the Buffalo Sabres had in the previous couple of seasons.
Stanley Cup Conference Finals
Los Angeles Kings (3) vs Chicago Blackhawks (1)
Maybe I put too much pressure on the Blackhawks. But don’t hold your breath, Chicago has come back from a 3-1 deficit before. I think the NHL is really hoping for a New York-Los Angeles Finals, but I was really hoping for Chicago to win it all again this year.
New York Rangers (3) vs Montreal Canadiens (1)
Carey Price skates without equipment, a good sign for the Canadiens, but they will need to make it past the New York Rangers for him to have a chance at returning to the ice for a game this season. Can the Habs pull out another 3-1 deficit comeback?