While Miller has performed well this year, even well enough to possibly hold off Jonathan Quick as the starter for Team USA at the Olympics, it has not helped the Sabres in the standings. They have been the worst in the NHL since the start of the season and it doesn’t appear that anyone will catch them this season.
It appears as though Buffalo is entering a definite rebuilding phase and Miller clearly doesn’t fit into that situation. Vogl points out that goalies Miller’s age usually start to falter around this point in their careers. Now, there are goalies that don’t fit in that category obviously, but they’re are great goaltenders who’s play takes a huge dip after the age of 35. He also points out that most goaltenders around 35 are retired and if not that, they’re back-ups most of the time.
If Miller falls into that category, then Buffalo should be trying to get as much as they can for him while they still can. His play might not continue where it is right now and even if it doesn’t, Miller doesn’t fit into the Sabres’ rebuilding plans.
If Miller is not traded before the March 5 NHL Trade Deadline, the Buffalo Sabres will be making a huge mistake.