Nov 15, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott (9) congratulates goalie Ryan Miller (30) after beating the Toronto Maple Leafs at First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Leafs 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Trade Ryan Miller & Steve Ott To St. Louis Blues

The Ryan Miller era in Buffalo is officially over. The Sabres have traded Miller and captain Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for goaltender Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a 2015 first-round draft pick and a 2016 third-round draft pick.

John Shannon of Sportsnet believes that Miller isn’t a short-term fix in St. Louis.

Buffalo picks up a pretty good package in return as Halak can now replace Miller as the starter until a goalie like Matt Hackett is ready to take the reins. Stewart gives them some offensive punch while Carrier is a late second-round pick from last year’s draft. The first-rounder from St. Louis won’t help the Sabres get Connor McDavid but for a rebuilding team, a second, or possibly third, first-round pick in a deep draft can only help them.

However, the Blues are the winners of this trade right now. Miller gives the Blues a bonafide No.1 goalie that can carry them through the playoffs. Ott gives them even more veteran leadership. This trade should make the Blues the favorites for the Stanley Cup this season.

This ends all the speculation and the fire sale in Buffalo is officially on. Both their starting goaltender and captain are now gone in the same trade. I would expect more trades out of Buffalo in the next five days leading up to the deadline. However, this will probably end up being the biggest trade of deadline season so the next five days have a lot to live up to.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Jaroslav Halak NHL Trades Ryan Miller Steve Ott

  • davidmuscalo

    The City of Buffalo should sue the City of St. Louis for dumping their garbage in Buffalo.