The Ryan Miller saga is over, and the Buffalo Sabres only have to worry about him if they face the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals.
After moving to the “contender” position with the St. Louis Blues – Ryan Miller was getting closer to the West coast where he wanted to be. Unfortunately for Miller – he had a very poor showing and the Blues fell flat on their face.
It probably hurt his courtability in free agency – but the Vancouver Canucks have to feel that they can now avoid a full rebuild because they can retool instead of rebuild around another goaltender who can be a leader that Robert Luongo should have been.
Miller signs a three year deal with the Canucks worth 18 million dollars, taking a pay cut from what he was making with the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues.
Was his poor performance in St. Louis the deciding factor in the reduction in his worth – or had the Buffalo Sabres overvalued Ryan Miller and overpaid him?
Ryan Miller was traded from the Buffalo Sabres with fan favorite Steve Ott.
The deal for the Canucks is not very restrictive, and makes moving Ryan Miller easier if something should happen in the three years that causes the Canucks to need to get out from under this deal.
Is this the last deal that Ryan Miller signs? He will be 34 at the end of the contract, and could easily be playing for another deal. He recovers his form and can put the St. Louis era behind him, and he could still make his last contract worth playing for.
Good luck to Ryan Miller in his future.
The Buffalo Sabres could still be courting a return for Steve Ott and Matt Moulson – players that were moved off the roster because they were on expiring contracts.