Ryan Miller has been at the center of just about every trade rumor story since April. With the Buffalo Sabres clearly engaged in a deep and total rebuilding process, it’s been unclear what the team plans to do with 33-year-old All-Star netminder. A mid-season general manager change probably didn’t help matters for Miller, but the goalie apparently doesn’t know more now than he did ten months ago.
That’s because he hasn’t had any contract extension talks with the Sabres.
Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News spoke to Miller about his current state of limbo, and the netminder had this to say:
I still don’t know what to say. There’s been a change here even since there was a change here before. So it’s like I’m waiting to see what the plan is and waiting to see what they have to offer. We haven’t talked about anything with regard to contracts and we haven’t talked about anything with regard to trades. They’re doing their business.
Even for a team in transition like the Sabres, not speaking to a player for such a long period of time about plans moving forward seems kind of silly. Miller has been connected to several teams, from the St. Louis Blues to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but neither of Buffalo’s managers—the fired Darcy Regier or the newly instated Tim Murray—have bothered to speak with their No. 1 goalie about potential extensions or trades.
So it seems the “will he stay or will he go” storyline isn’t just for pundits and fans around the NHL, but for the player at the center of the chatter as well.
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