Buffalo Sabres Close To Trading Ryan Miller?

Jan 18, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) makes a pad save during the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday night in Columbus, or even tonight (Monday) in Pittsburgh could in fact be Ryan Miller’s swan song as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

Fansided has learned from multiple sources that late last night, the Minnesota Wild made a major offer to the Sabres to acquire the services of the 33-year old US Olympic Goaltender. The offer on the table includes a 2014 first round draft pick, expiring winger Dany Heatley and a prospect, either Mikail Granlund or Charlie Coyle  have been brought up by Buffalo. In order for Buffalo to not retain any salary of Miller’s in the deal, Heatley has to be included as cap dump for the Wild.

Sabres general manager Tim Murray is expected to go to St. Louis, the other team heavily involved in trade talks for Miller, at some point today to see what their absolute best offer could be. Murray wants the Blues to include Ty Rattie which GM Doug Armstrong as been set against doing in any deal for a player not guaranteed to re-sign.

Murray has an offer from the Wild that he very well could pull the trigger on. Now, it’s a matter of if he truly believes that the offer is the absolute best he can get, or if he thinks Miller will be worth more at midnight on February 24. Another hurdle to potentially jump is the fact that Heatley does have a No Movement Clause in his contract which could cause a snag in this deal. That’s something to keep an eye on, and could become a deal killer should he not consent to the deal. We should know later today.

Buffalo is set to have a morning skate in Pittsburgh this morning. We’ll see if Miller is on the ice when the time comes.

More to come.

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Michael Straw is a freelance sports journalist based in Buffalo, NY who has covered the Buffalo Sabres for four years. His work has been featured on WGR-550AM-Buffalo and Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog. You can follow Michael for the latest NHL news and rumors on Twitter @TheMikeStraw

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, NHL, Ryan Miller, Trade Rumors

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  • qwicwted

    I would have no problem getting a draft pick, Granlund or Coyle and Heatley for Miller. In fact I thought we’d end up with that deal for Vanek at one time. Both Granlund and Coyle have a few more years left on their contract and Heatley could have something to prove.
    I do like the idea that this gives St. Lou food for thought as I also think Rattie would be a good addition. At least something is happening.

    • stlouis

      you guys arent getting Rattie, I can tell you that right now. Unless Miller signs with us beforehand. Even then I dont like it, Rattie is awesome.

      • wolfdoctor

        He’s a second rounder. Will be a 3rd line player at best. Dime a dozen.

        • Joe Romano

          What does it matter what round he was taken in? Miller was a 5th round pick and Zetterberg wen’t undrafted. Rattie has a lot of talent even if it is still raw. You have no idea what his ceiling could be.

          • wolfdoctor

            His play is that of a second rounder. Look at his stats and compare them to Adam or Catenacci when they were his age. He will be no more than a 3rd liner, and the Sabres have plenty of those in the system. Oh, and BTW, 2nd round picks only have a 1 in 4 chance of playing as many as 100 NHL games. Miller and Zetterberg are anecdotal at best.

  • Carlos

    Wait, wait, wait… you mean to tell me the Wild would like to dump Heatley on the Sabres in exchange for Miller BUT Heatley might not agree with this, AND he has final say on it? That’s some hardcore reporting, right there. Never saw this coming.

  • fiskars2005

    Minnesota has Josh Harding for another 2 seasons and Backstrom another three seasons. They just resigned Backstrom last summer why would they make a trade for a player that might not even stay when they have 2 goalies already

    • Thomas Eric

      Backstrom has been on the decline and Harding is the better of the two but has been struggling with his MS

  • Justin Tosczak

    That would be a fantastic deal IMO for what the Sabres are trying to do for their build. Both Granlund and Coyle are awesome prospects, Heatly can put the puck in the net better than Dagostini, Omark, Flynn, Etc.

  • GavanDuffy

    You are dreaming or delusional to think we would give up Grandlund or Coyle…for anybody.

    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

      Not going to happen, this is garbage.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    This is absolute garbage and has already been refuted by the Wild and the beat writers that cover the Minnesota Wild.

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