Ryan Miller has started the year off on the right foot and he certainly can’t be blamed for the Sabres 1-8-1 record for the first nine. He’s done everything but score a goal- stick tap to Mike Smith– for this team and they still can’t help him out. With each goal againstMandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
and game that ends, it’s becoming more and more apparently Ryan Miller has had enough of the team in front of him. The chances of Miller and the Sabres coming to terms on a new deal is slim to none, and it’s better to ask when he’ll be gone instead of if.
Darcy Regier is smart enough to realize he can’t let Ryan Miller walk and not get anything for the former franchise goaltender, especially with a rebuild going on. The Buffalo Sabres need young, skilled forwards and prospects, and that’s what they should target in any Miller deal. Miller’s contract is a little tough to work with so the Sabres will likely have to eat some of it in any deal they can come up with, but that’s a small price to pay instead of letting the goaltender walk for nothing.
The tricky question becomes, what is Ryan Miller worth? The goaltender market is starting to pick up again as the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and a few other teams are looking for goaltenders. Miller is having a pretty solid year between the pipes early on, has a Vezina trophy to his name, an Olympic Silver medal and may be heading back to his second Olympics. Not to mention he’s one of the most consistent goaltenders in the league having 7 straight years of at least 30 wins. In all aspects he’s a solid goaltender that a lot of teams would be willing to add- I mean how often do you get a guy with a Vezina and an Olympic medal come up for sale?
So what is Ryan Miller worth? Should the Sabres be looking for something similar to the Jason Pominville deal? Should they take any deal they can get or try to fleece a team’s prospects and draft picks? Like it or not, Miller is a very valuable trading chip for the Sabres and if Regier play’s his card’s right the Sabres will get a very solid return for Miller.
Place your vote below for a deal somewhere in the ballpark of what you would be looking for if you were dealing Miller and then sound off in the comments to let me know what kind of deal you’re expecting. *Ps; by a roster player I just mean anyone on a team’s roster such as a Cody Hodgson or Drew Stafford.