Ryan Miller‘s days in the National Hockey League could be numbered. Consider the pros and cons of teams wanting to sign him, and the number of teams that he would actually go to, and it might just be time for the worldly goalie to call it quits and work on a second career.
Not that he hasn’t made enough money to just call it a career and retire to live of any endorsement deals he could get as a former starting goaltender for the NHL and Team USA.
Teams Interested In Ryan Miller
First let us take a look at the teams interested in a goalie with the caliber of play for Ryan Miller. We can narrow the field down by teams that won’t be knocking on his door come July 1st.
The obvious teams that won’t come calling his agent on July 1 are the Buffalo Sabres and the St. Louis Blues. The Buffalo Sabres know that the ship has sailed with Ryan Miller – and while they could use a good goaltender, why not build for the future. The St. Louis Blues are out of the equation, as they have signed their goalie long term, and are looking for the future with Jake Allen.
Two down, 28 teams to go. You can strike any Canadian team off the list. I don’t think Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver or Winnipeg are at the state where they could be contenders, striking them from Ryan Miller’s list of suitors he would say yes too. Down to 24.
Montreal and Toronto could be viable candidates. Montreal won’t supplant Carey Price – and Toronto could be the big pond him and his wife could envision a future in. If she is willing to move East, but likely not. So let’s just slim the list down to 22.
Strike out your Florida options – both would Tampa and Florida have secure number ones. Our magic number is at 19.
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and the New York Rangers are all big hockey markets, Philadelphia is always looking for the next goaltender to help improve their chances – Pittsburgh might be looking at replacing Marc-Andre Fleury. Ryan Miller will not be replacing Henrik Lundqvist anytime soon. Lets just say we are down to 16.
Jonathan Quick replaced Ryan Miller as the number one for Team USA, and has the Los Angeles Kings knocking on the door to the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in his career. 15. San Jose and Anaheim won’t be looking for Ryan Miller. 14.
Colorado has their guy – 13.
We could go on and on, but realistic spots for Ryan Miller to end up are in Dallas to reunite with Lindy Ruff, or to solidify the situation in Minnesota.
But don’t forget the biggest factor in Ryan Miller wanting to move West – the little woman. A second career could be coming.
Ryan Miller’s Second Career Choice
Ok, so I started this article out on a serious note, but here is where my sarcasm works into the mix. Ryan Miller needs to consider removing himself from hockey and getting into the world of acting.
Why not? It’s an industry that the “family” is familiar with.
Noureen Miller (nee DeWulf) has a solid acting career going for her. From her Wikipedia page:
DeWulf began her acting career in the Academy Award-winning short film West Bank Story, where she played the lead role of Fatima, a singing and dancing Palestinian cashier who falls in love with an Israeli soldier. She has been working in comedic television series and films ever since. From 2009 to 2011, she played recurring roles on NBC’s Outsourced, TNT’s Hawthorne and MTV’s The Hard Times of RJ Berger, and appeared in the Lifetime miniseries Maneater.
DeWulf has been seen in a number of box-office hits, including Ocean’s Thirteen, and The Back-up Plan. She has starred opposite Matthew McConaughey as Melanie, the present ghost in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and played opposite Jeremy Piven in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. in 2009. DeWulf starred in The Taqwacores which premiered at Sundance in 2010. She currently co-stars with Charlie Sheen in the TV series Anger Management, which premiered June 28, 2012 on FX.
Her full career can be seen here at IMDB.
Your telling me her agent couldn’t get involved with his agent and bring him to the small or silver screen? It’s not like Ryan Miller is camera shy?
He has a television appearance of his own on the television sitcom Sullivan & Son. Remember? If not slick guy with stumble gets schooled by a peewee hockey coach.
If Ryan Miller is truly the homeless goaltender in the National Hockey League – could he be another pro-athlete turned movie star in the making?
What do you say slick guy with stubble?