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Ryan Miller is chasing Hasek, sounding like a lawyer commercial

Jan 6, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

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Ryan Miller‘s season has been a rough one, but there’s still big things he can accomplish.

Miller is close to breaking Dominik Hasek’s team record for career wins. Hasek leads with 234 while Miller trails close behind with 231. The awkward part here is that if Miller were having a better season, he’d have already blown past Hasek’s mark and continued establishing his own record.

As Miller tells Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, even he’s at a loss to explain what’s gone on this season and he’s taking his words from commercials to say what’s up.

“Every season is unique,” Miller said with a pained smile after practice Thursday in First Niagara Center. “Every lawyer puts it on their disclaimer for their commercials, ‘Past results do not guarantee future results.'”

That might be the case for Miller this year, but establishing a precedent of success the way Miller has means that the future comes with certain expectations. In his case, the hopes are at their highest to see him play like a No. 1 goalie.

Instead, he’s been run over, complained even more, and has struggled to keep pucks out of the net compounding the issues the Sabres have had this season. If Miller wants to draw inspiration from commercials the rest of the way, he might want to borrow a slogan from a can of Raid and start killing pucks dead.

  1. lordstanley716 - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    The issue of Miller “complaining” is like beating a dead horse. The guy simply came out after getting run over by Lucic and aired his opinion on the situation, like any athlete would have in that situation. Miller’s play since hasn’t been up to his own standards or the fans that pack the F’N Center for home games. I’d bet that the lack of response from teammates, the constant overwhelming boos from fans in the home arena and fact that Enroth has proven to be atleast as reliable as Miller this season has his confidence rattled. Lindy Ruff’s decision to ride Miller through the next series of games is a wise move to get his number one goaltenders confidence back so he can help the team get back in the playoff race. While many in Buffalo are calling for a trade of the former Viezna winner, I’d be surprised to see the face of the franchise be moved by the deadline.

  2. skoobyfl - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    I’d prefer if he’d play more like Hasek.

  3. danphipps01 - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Funny you should mention lawyers, Ryan. Your incessant whining sure reminds everybody of one.

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