When the St. Louis Blues acquired goaltender Ryan Miller from the Buffalo Sabres, general manager Doug Armstrong had to give up a lot to do so. Since acquiring Miller on February 28, the Blues are 10-2-1 and have become even more of a contender for the Stanley Cup than they were before.
That being said, it’s no surprise that the team would want to lock up Miller long term. However, despite knowing the Blues’ intentions, it doesn’t appear as if Miller is ready to sign a contract just yet.
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the USA Olympian and Vezina Trophy winner may have his sights set on becoming a member of the Anaheim Ducks.
“The conventional wisdom among the hockey community is that one of the reasons Miller wants to wait until free agency on July 1 is to see if there’s any interest from the Anaheim Ducks,” said McKenzie. “Miller’s wife is an actress. She does all sorts of work in Hollywood and the possibility of being on a California team might be something that is really good for Ryan Miller.”
Should the Blues re-sign Miller or make it to the Western Conference Finals, the team will have to send its first round pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft to Buffalo per the trade agreement. If they don’t advance far enough in the playoffs and Miller signs elsewhere, that pick becomes a third-round selection in 2016.
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