Ah, Ryan Miller. Hero of Team USA at the 2010 Olympics. Nowadays though, it’s a completely different story. The Sabres want him gone for some reason because they believe Jhonas Enroth is this king goalie or something I dunno. Anyway, if the Sabres were to trade Ryan Miller this season, where would they possibly trade him? Let’s go through the other 29 other teams and see if anyone would want a 33 year old Goaltender.
Anaheim Ducks: Jonas Hiller is 31, Viktor Fasth is 30. The Ducks only have three guys signed past the 2016-17 season (Perry, Getzlaf, Fowler). I couldn’t see the Ducks going for Miller, as it looks like they have their core. If Miller was five years younger, then the Ducks would be a player. But now, not so much.
Boston Bruins: They just signed Tuukka Rask to an 8-year 56 million contract. They don’t need Miller.
Calgary Flames: Kipper is 36, Joey MacDonald is 33. They also have Karri Ramo (27) on the books, who hasn’t played in the NHL since the 08-09 season. Even though they could use Ryan Miller, I believe the Flames may actually be somewhat rebuilding this season, and I also believe that Ryan Miller will not play for a Canadian team.
Carolina Hurricanes: They signed Anton Khudobin to back-up Cam Ward. Next!
Chicago Blackhawks: Chicago will sign Miller to back-up Crawford? Don’t think so. Miller will want to be the starter.
Colorado Avalanche: Varlamov and Giguere are in contract season, and the Avalanche are definitely a re-building team. They don’t need a 33-year old Goalie.
Columbus Blue Jackets: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksb7UlwCIKQ[/youtube] Need I say more?
Dallas Stars: I’m quite sure the Stars are content with the combination of Lehtonen/Ellis, knowing Jack Campbell is waiting in the wings as the potential future Goalie.
Detroit Red Wings: The Wings have Jimmy Howard. He’s better than Miller.
Edmonton Oilers: Would Ryan Miller be a nice addition to the Oilers? Yes he would. Would that take the pressure of Devan Dubnyk? Yes it would. Do the Oilers have the trade bait in order to get Ryan Miller? Yes they do. Do I believe Ryan Miller would play for a Canadian team? No, I do not. But if he does, then Miller would definitely put the Oilers in playoff contention, with Dubnyk being a solid backup.
Florida Panthers: Re-building, with Jacob Markstrom in net. Miller would a great mentor, but I can’t see the Panthers going for it.
Los Angeles Kings: Ryan Miller for Jonathan Quick! That trade seems soooooo fair. Buffalo would take that in an instant. LA on the other hand..
Minnesota Wild: Miller for Backstrom would be an interesting trade, but the Wild also have Josh Harding, so why would you need Miller?
Montreal Canadiens: Carey Price. End of argument.
Nashville Predators: Pekka Rinne. End of argument.
New Jersey Devils: The Devils traded for their future goaltender in Cory Schneider, to play behind perhaps the best goaltender of all time in Martin Brodeur. Neither of those are named Ryan Miller, so Miller won’t be a Devil.
New York Islanders: The most interesting team on this list. They have the cap space. They made the playoffs last year with Evgeni Nabokov in net. I know Tim Thomas was on their books, but he didn’t even play one second in net for the Isles. Nabokov is 37. Kevin Poulin is their backup at just 23. Perhaps a Kyle Okposo-type could go the other way to make the trade work. My only fear is that the Islanders may not want to take a risk on a goaltender, since well.. you know.. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5sdOh7Bcvs[/youtube]
New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist is also in a contract year, and what a blockbuster trade it would be, but Lundqvist is a much better goalie, and the Rangers are extremely unlikely to get rid of him any time soon.
Ottawa Senators: Craig Anderson now.. Robin Lehner the future.. Do they need Ryan Miller?
Philadelphia Flyers: Ray Emery and Steve Mason. They have their two goaltenders.. or do they? I know the Flyers bought out Bryzgalov’s contract in the off-season, but if Mason in particular isn’t working out, I could see them make a big play for Miller. Second-tier players like Matt Read, even a Jakub Voracek or Nicklas Grossmann could be potential trade offers, but they Flyers would have to send some cap back in order to take on Miller’s 6.25 million contract.
Phoenix Coyotes: The Yotes signed Thomas Greiss to back-up Mike Smith whose contract expires in 2018-19. They don’t need Miller.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Vokoun. I couldn’t see them trading for Ryan Miller, but it’d be Vokoun they’d send the other way more so than Fleury.
San Jose Sharks: Antti Niemi is under-rated. He won a Stanley Cup with Chicago. Unless San Jose wants Miller as an epic 1-2 punch in net, he won’t be a Shark.
St. Louis Blues: Halak, Elliott and Jake Allen. Miller would just about be #4 in line.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Re-building around Stammer, Drouin, Hedman and the tandem of Bishop/Lindback in net. No room for you here Mr. Miller.
Toronto Maple Leafs: They traded for Bernier to be the backup to the greatest Goaltender in the league. I’m kidding.. But apparently he is the savior for the Maple Leafs. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Crl2yTx6t0w[/youtube]
Vancouver Canucks: After all the hub-bub about Schneider and Luongo. Imagine if the ‘Nucks traded for Miller whilst keeping Luongo? Wouldn’t that be fun.
Washington Capitals: Michal Neuvirth is 25, Braden Holtby looks to be the go-to guy at 23, but in saying that, Ryan Miller would make a big improvement in net for the Capitals. They would be completely insane if they traded Holtby for Miller, but perhaps a fresh start for Neuvirth could help resurrect his career, and the Sabres would be getting younger in net, with Enroth also being 25. I could see Ryan Miller as a Washington Capital, I wouldn’t put it out of the realm of possibility, especially if the Caps are looking at the playoffs.
Winnipeg Jets: Would Miller be a better goalie than Ondrej Pavelec in Winnipeg? Possibly, but again, I couldn’t see him moving to a Canadian franchise. Also, I’d think Miller would want to go to a Stanley Cup contender, and I don’t think the Jets are that at this minute.
There you go Buffalo fans. There are your options for trading Ryan Miller. Personally, if you really think Jhonas Enroth can be the starting goaltender for your franchise, then by all means, trade Miller. But in this blogger’s opinion, keep Miller, and get yourself a prospect future starting goalie, and use him when Miller retires at the end of his next contract.
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