On the heels of the Thomas Vanek deal, some have wondered whether or not another big trade involving Ryan Miller was also in the works for the Buffalo Sabres. While the moving of Vanek can hardly be considered a pure “win later” move since Matt Moulson came back from the New York Islanders as well, at the center of Buffalo’s motivation for moving Vanek was surely the first and second rounders that came along with the goal-scoring winger.
According to a report by ESPN, no Miller trade is forthcoming or near completion. Pierre LeBrun quotes general manager Darcy Regier in his piece from earlier today about a possible move:
Thomas is the only one that I had trade conversations with, with respect to our respective unrestricted free agents. So maybe it will get delayed and things will get pushed into the trade deadline, I don’t know.
When asked about Miller specifically, Reiger simply said “No, all’s quiet right now.”
It seems that the Sabres may have waited too long to move their longtime No. 1 goaltender. His value has never been lower. Some folks had thought that the chance to play for the United States in the upcoming Olympics would push Miller’s game to a trade-able height, but that hasn’t come to fruition at all.
It’s not a sellers market at this point either. The Anaheim Ducks, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals all have goalies that they could try to flip for assets, while there are plenty of options on the free agent market as well. We’ve already seen the Carolina Hurricanes offer Rick DiPietro a PTO at the AHL level, and someone eventually will sign Ilya Bryzgalov.