Report: Minnesota, Washington favorites to trade for Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller

Jan 27, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) stops the puck during the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center. Penguins beat the Sabres 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller is the biggest trade chip this season and the price Buffalo GM Tim Murray is seeking will be substantial for the Team USA netminder who figures to see increased trade speculation after returning from Sochi, and the Ottawa Sun handicaps the favorites to land him.

“There is a belief Minnesota and Washington are at the top of the list. Before Murray was hired, the talk is Buffalo president Pat LaFontaine asked the Ducks for top prospect goalie John Gibson and the club’s No. 1 pick. The Wild look like the most likely landing spot for Miller with the future of goalie Josh Harding uncertain but Caps general manager George McPhee is desperate and he may be willing to pay whatever price Murray asks in return.”

The Caps find themselves in a tie for 10th place in the Eastern Conference and only four teams have allowed more goals than Washington this season, so Miller would be a tremendous addition to the offensive weapons in the nation’s capital.

Minnesota is in seventh spot in the Western Conference but have a few teams nipping at their feet and could easily be out of the postseason with one bad week, so adding the stability of Miller would help ensure the club makes the postseason again.

In any event, the speculation for Miller and his potential suitors will spike after the Olympics and the price will only get higher if he has another strong Olympic run as he did four years ago when he helped Team USA take silver.