After Thomas Vanek deal, is a Ryan Miller trade next for the Buffalo Sabres?

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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.

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Sabres Trade, Nhl, Ryan Miller, Ryan Miller Trade, Thomas Vanek

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  • chas territo

    I, for one sure hope so! Miller is ordinary and still can’t win a big game!! Maybe DR can steal more 1st round picks again. Miller has needed to go for about 3 years, now is the time!

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