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Ryan Miller on Gaustad trade: “I’m not going to lie, I’m not real happy”

Feb 28, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

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Never one to mince words, Ryan Miller let it be known Tuesday how he felt about Paul Gaustad being traded to Nashville.

“I’m not going to lie, I’m not real happy about the way it all turned out,” Miller told the Buffalo News. “But that’s the business of hockey. Like I’ve said, we don’t make those decisions.

“That’s more proof because if I had any more influence Paul would still be here. I appreciate the way he plays. He’s been one of my best friends for a long time there.”

Miller and Gaustad broke in with the Sabres during the 2002-03 season — Miller appeared in 15 games, Gaustad one — and the pair have been teammates ever since. They’ve roomed together, traveled through Europe together and when Miller was bowled over by Milan Lucic earlier this season, it was Gaustad who said he was “embarrassed” by Buffalo’s lack of response…then fought Lucic the next time out.

In light of that, no real surprise Miller’s upset.

Slight surprise, though, that he voiced his displeasure so publicly.

“[Gaustad] does the things that are not easy to do every night,” he continued. “It’s just too important for a hockey team, and it is a little frustrating in that regard.

“Personally, he’s a close friend, and also I think he’s a big part of the team. No matter the way you view hockey, you have to understand how important players like Paul can be and how long it takes to develop a guy that plays that way at such a high level.

“Winning those faceoffs is not easy. Killing those penalties is not easy. Not a lot of guys are willing to do that job every night, and he was.”

  1. rsl22 - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    I thought Gaustad should be the guy the Caps targeted at the deadline….now reading Miller’s comments, I’m pretty upset GMGM didn’t get him.

    • travishenryskid - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      Don’t be. 0 goals in 38 career playoff games. And Nashville gave up a 1st for him. Suckers.

      • rsl22 - Feb 28, 2012 at 8:03 PM

        I was having this conversation the other night about him with some buddies. You’re right, a 1st rounder is a lot, way more than we thought he would go for. I was thinking a 2nd rounder.

        But the Caps need centers. If you look at the ‘good’ teams, they all have serious depth at center. Boston, Detroit, Vancouver, San Jose, Pitt, etc.

        I don’t think he’s the long-term solution to fill the 2C roll, but if you slot him in on 3C he could be a solid addition, as long as the Caps did eventually fill the 2C spot.

        About him not taking out Lucic…well, Lucic is an animal, and there are very few players in the league that can take him on. I think it’s at least admirable that he tried, even if he did fail miserably.

  2. neelyisgod - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    He shouldn’t be upset, it’s not like Gaustad did anything to stand up for him when he was run over by The Lucic Express.

    • rsl22 - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      Didn’t he fight Lucic the next time they played?

      • drewsylvania - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        Yes…a game later. Whee. And he got stomped.

      • travishenryskid - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:51 PM

        He was the first one there after Lucic ran Miller. As soon as Goose realized it was Lucic, he looked for someone else to keep him occupied. It was embarrassing for a player of Gaustad’s ilk. The only reason he took on Lucic in the next games is because he had been called out by everyone. Too little, too late. That was the turning point in the Sabres season, and it can easily be pinned on Gaustad.

  3. neelyisgod - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Was that really a fight? To the entire world. It looked like Lucic was working a speed bag.

    • buffalotears - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:11 PM

      They both received 5 minutes, so yes, it was a fight.

  4. Tristan - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Jebus. Compared to Miller, even Luongo has good microphone discipline.

  5. crazemastercraze - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    miller should probably be more upset about the way he and his teammates have collectively played this year and should be happy that more dead weight didn’t get shipped out yesterday. which is really what should have happened. grow up.

    • drewsylvania - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      Exactly. If Miller doesn’t whine and suck his way through the first half of the season, Gaustad is probabaly still around.

  6. zonedogz - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Travishenrys kid is dead on! Miller is an over-rated whiner and should be moved in the off-season with plenty of the other dead wood on the team to make a SERIOUS run at the cup next year.

  7. itsallniceonice - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    I’m just glad that Miller has been exposed and Quick will be leading the boys in Russia!

  8. babar61 - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    If the NHL handed out a “whiner of the year award”, Miller wins easily. I was hoping he would call this trade gutless…gutless.

    • drewsylvania - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:17 PM

      Nah, Miller comes in second behind his coach.

  9. kdidtrain16 - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    You all act as if you spend time in the Sabres room and know the inside goings on day to day there. Typical know it all fans with too much to say about other teams and players. Maybe Gaustad should have done something about that incident right away, I believe he or someone should have for sure, but as the one response said, not many people have had much desire to mess with Lucic. (who would?) It amazes me to hear people slam top NHL players as if they’ve accomplished nothing in their career. Ryan Miller is certainly entitled to his opinion about a friend and teamate. I think he at least deserves that much… no matter how bad a season he’s had or if he’s to perhaps blame for the teams lack of success. That team has had a ton of injuries, (so has Pittsburg, I get that, no excuse). Just not the Sabres year perhaps, but Miller is one of the best still. If you don’t believe that your not really a fan of the game. You just want to use this forum as a way to make ignorant comments. Whats the point of that? Alot of teams were looking at Gaustad… perhaps the number one pick was steep, but obviously David Poile thought otherwise. I’m not going to question him… he’s got that team in Nashville playing well with some solid veteran guys and a lot of young no name guys. I’m thinking he knows what he’s doing. Maybe he’s got a way of getting that number 1 pick back at the draft via trades. Who knows, but he thought he was worth it. Obviously Gaustad brings more to the room and to a team on the ice than we know in Ryan Miller’s opinion. Personally I agree with him… the things he does are hardly noticed by most fans and its hard to find a guy who will do it each game as well as Gaustad. Perhaps it was too steep a price but it is for sure Buffalo’s loss and Nashville’s gain. It’ll be fun to watch and see how it all unfolds as a fan, right?

  10. babar61 - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Sure, everyone is entitled to their opinion and we the fans don’t know what’s going on in the dressing room. Now, in my opinion ryan miller is a whiner. He has whined multiple times this year. I still think he is a talented goalie. As for the lucic running miller thing, it’s something everyone saw with their own eyes. Its not some kond if rompr that happened behind closed doors. I don’t care how big and tough lucic is, it’s still gutless to stand there and do absolutely nothing about it.

  11. babar61 - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:40 AM


    What the hell auto correct…

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