Jan 27, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) stops the puck during the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center. Penguins beat the Sabres 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Minnesota, Washington favorites to trade for Ryan Miller

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller is the biggest trade chip this season and the price Buffalo GM Tim Murray is seeking will be substantial for the Team USA netminder who figures to see increased trade speculation after returning from Sochi, and the Ottawa Sun handicaps the favorites to land him.

“There is a belief Minnesota and Washington are at the top of the list. Before Murray was hired, the talk is Buffalo president Pat LaFontaine asked the Ducks for top prospect goalie John Gibson and the club’s No. 1 pick. The Wild look like the most likely landing spot for Miller with the future of goalie Josh Harding uncertain but Caps general manager George McPhee is desperate and he may be willing to pay whatever price Murray asks in return.”

The Caps find themselves in a tie for 10th place in the Eastern Conference and only four teams have allowed more goals than Washington this season, so Miller would be a tremendous addition to the offensive weapons in the nation’s capital.

Minnesota is in seventh spot in the Western Conference but have a few teams nipping at their feet and could easily be out of the postseason with one bad week, so adding the stability of Miller would help ensure the club makes the postseason again.

In any event, the speculation for Miller and his potential suitors will spike after the Olympics and the price will only get higher if he has another strong Olympic run as he did four years ago when he helped Team USA take silver.

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  • Thomas Eric

    How bout moulson and grigenko for Gibson and a pick?

  • john Johnson

    How bout miller to ny for vanek and 1st rounder then vanek to Minnesota for 2015 1st rounder and prospect and Harding and moulson to la for 2015 first rounder then trade all 2015 1st rounder’s to get mcdavid and instantly win the Stanley cup

    • http://www.rantsports.com/blog/author/patrickschmidt/feed/ Patrick Schmidt

      it’s really that simple!

  • Dakota Case

    Everyone has Miller going to Minnesota. It’s not going to happen. Minnesota has no interest in signing him to a long term contract, especially with how much a goalie of his caliber will demand in return. And there’s no way the Wild are going to mortgage the franchise’s future for a rental. Miller to Minny is a dream, folks, nothing more.

    • qwicwted

      Dakota, Minny doesn’t have to mortgage their future – they could package Heatly and Granlund or Coyle along with Graovac and they can have Miller and Grigorenko. I think MN might have a pretty good chance of resigning Miller and Grigorenko is a good prospect who just kind of got caught in a Bflo shuffle.

      • HansonJJ

        uhm, no.
        Nobody wants Heatley, and MN would not give up Granlund or Coyle for almost anything! Why pay out millions for Miller and even more to resign him for what he wants where we could just go out and get Theodore or something again for cheap and short term if needed?
        Plus Backstrom will have 2 more years on his contract with a NTC and Harding is the better of goalies right now, but his medical status is always something to worry about.

  • Alex

    I could definitely see the Caps nabbing Miller before the deadline. My source indicated that the Sabres were considering an offer that would include Neuvirth, Fehr, a 1st in 2015, and a 2nd in 2016, while the Sabres would retain 50% of Miller’s salary. That seems like a legit offer, as long as the asking price doesn’t increase too much (i.e. Kuznetsov, Burakovsky, or any other highly-touted prospect). After they grab Miller, they’ll need to grab a shutdown defenseman (to “relieve” John Erskine of his duties) in a move that will likely involve moving Martin Erat if he doesn’t withdraw his trade request (his newly-acquired position on the top two lines may change that if it ends up being a permanent switch). Either way, they should have a chance to make a deep playoff run, especially if Kuznetsov joins the team next month.