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.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) March 1, 2014
John Shannon of Sportsnet believes that Miller isn’t a short-term fix in St. Louis.
Don't be surprised if we hear about Ryan Miller signing a new, long term deal in St Louis in the near future.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) March 1, 2014
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.