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Ryan Miller is playing well again, so maybe the Sabres should trade him

Feb 2, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

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Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller had another great game last night, shutting out the Rangers on the way to a Sabres loss.

Nope, that wasn’t a typo. New York ended up winning, 1-0, in a shootout. However, Miller’s recent play suggests the former Vezina winner is back on top of his game.

Given the above, the Buffalo News’ Bucky Gleason is wondering if now might be the perfect time to explore a trade.

What happens between now and the NHL trade deadline will reveal how the Sabres feel about Miller and a few others. He has a 0.63 goals-against average and .976 save percentage in his last three games. The better he plays, the greater his value. The better he plays, the more tempted they are to keep him.

And that’s what makes the coming weeks so intriguing. Do they trade him with the idea they can make significant upgrades in other areas, assuming they can find a trading partner to take his salary? Or do they keep him with the risk he’ll have another season like this one?

When asked about the possibility of being traded, Miller replied, “If they came to me and said they wanted to move me, I would want to know why. That hasn’t been the case. No one has ever asked about my feelings regarding players and movement, especially with myself. People think there’s more discussion being done behind the scenes than there really is.”

Miller has two years remaining on a contract with a cap hit of $6.25 million. If the Sabres wanted to trade him, they probably could. But would they?

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  1. millertime30 - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Bucky’s a moron… please don’t encourage him.

    • eyecorporations - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      Whoever voted that down has clearly never read one of Bucky’s columns.

  2. wez99 - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Why would they?? The whole team has been bad all season, and his defense has not helped him out, so he had a bad first half… I forgot how reliable he has been in the past years when he would carry this team to the playoffs… Enroth is not even close to being a number one goalie (and I support Enroth) but he has trouble finding the rebounds or even shots, keep miller, he has been always reliable and seems to be getting in his groove like the entire team

  3. rabidbillsfan - Feb 3, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Why just look back at the past 3 games? Because they got us points? Look back through January, excluding the Detroit game, and tell me Miller hasn’t found his groove. .926SV% and 2.00 GAA sounds pretty good to me. The reason why nobody is talking about them is because there have only been 4 wins among them, 3 coming most recently. If we trade Miller, we might as well throw in the Towel on the season. We are getting healthy, and 10 points back of a Playoff spot sounds bad, but we play the bottom 3 atleast one more time this season, and Ottowa has played 2 more games. Am I saying nobody should be moved at the deadline? No, Darcy should be working the phones as we speak. This team is not dead yet, and they seem like they are figuring it out.

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