Jan 21, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) slaps away a loose puck during the third period against the Florida Panthers at First Niagara Center. Panthers beat the Sabres 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Sabres Likely To Deal Ryan Miller


Jan 21, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) slaps away a loose puck during the third period against the Florida Panthers at First Niagara Center. Panthers beat the Sabres 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the most obvious rumor in the NHL right now: Ryan Miller’s days as a member of the Buffalo Sabres are numbered.

The 33-year old star goaltender is in the final year of his contract with the NHL’s worst team, and has long been rumored to want to move on to a better opportunity to try and win a Stanley Cup. The only major questions regarding Miller’s immediate future has been how long until he gets dealt, and to which team he gets dealt to. And according to a report in the Ottawa Sun by Bruce Garrioch, Miller’s time could come as soon as this week.

While Sabres general manager Tim Murray is still trying to get the lay of land after taking over the post earlier this month, the whispers are getting louder that Miller won’t be sticking around after the trade deadline and there’s a school of thought he could be gone before the Olympic break.

According to the article, the St. Louis Blues, a team that has long been rumored to be interested in Miller, and the Minnesota Wild are two teams that could become landing spots for the US Olympian. He mentions Minnesota due to the complications that Wild goaltender Josh Harding is having with his Multiple Sclerosis.

Murray still wants to try and re-sign Miller to an extension, but, as it stands, Miller appears to already have one foot out of the door as the next chapter of his career gets set to unfold.

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  • davidmuscalo

    If Murray doesn’t keep Miller in Buffalo, the Sabres are in for a rebuild for the foreseeable future. Without a first-rate goalie, it is very difficult to make the playoffs, and, if by some miracle a team does make the playoffs, they won’t get past the first round.

    So far all I have heard from Murray is talk. He has made no significant trades and the trade deadline is not that far away. I don’t know if it is possible to make trades during the Olympics, but that could be the reason he is taking so long. He says he doesn’t want a five-year rebuild, but he hasn’t explained how he will shorten the length of such.