With the start of NHL free agency, the rumors are heating up and trusted insiders are starting to hear some concrete news. One such piece involves arguably the best goaltender available on the free agent market. TSN’s Bob McKenzie said in a radio interview that Ryan Miller is a ‘perfect fit’ for the Vancouver Canucks and will be signing with the team.
McKenzie on Team 1040: Ryan Miller will be a member of the #Canucks today. “There’s no doubt in my mind. It’s a perfect fit for him.”
— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) July 1, 2014
“Yes, he’ll be a Canuck today, there’s no doubt it in my mind.” – McKenzie on Ryan Miller
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) July 1, 2014
That’s a pretty strong sentiment from one of hockey’s best and most trusted news breakers. This would fit the rumors surrounding Miller for the last year that he would prefer to live on the West Coast to be closer to his wife, actress Noureen Dewulf. Vancouver offers a nice locale for Miller while the Canucks would have plenty of playing time for the veteran Miller, who would only compete with youngster Eddie Lack for the starting job.
Of course, Ryan Miller won’t help the Canucks solve their biggest issue — goal scoring. Vancouver ranked 28th in the league in goals for and the team has since traded center Ryan Kesler. Miller will be 34 years old at the season’s start and it’s hard to imagine the Canucks entering serious Cup contention with his acquisition.
If Miller does end up signing in Vancouver, expect the deal to be for a shorter term than the last major goalie to sign in the ‘Couv as both parties may want to part ways in a few years.