Skip to content

Where are the doves? Miller wants moderate owners to speak up

Dec 3, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

Ryan Miller Getty Images

Once optimistic that NHL labor peace could be achieved, Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is just confused now.

“I can’t make sense of what the owners truly need because they want everything,” Miller texted the Buffalo News on Monday. “That is why it seems like the finish line is moving.”

Miller is a strong candidate to represent the NHLPA in tomorrow’s players-owners meeting in New York. And while he’s not particularly impressed that commissioner Gary Bettman and union chief Donald Fehr will be sitting this one out – “they are paid to make a deal” – he’s hopeful it gives less hawkish owners a chance to speak up.

Miller also criticized the NHL’s demands to restrict players’ contract rights (e.g. imposing a five-year maximum length on contracts), arguing it will handcuff the league’s elite general managers.

“I understand that position to the extent you don’t want contracts to cripple a team, but they are really taking away team building as a skill,” he wrote.

The same case was made recently by Dallas forward Ray Whitney.

Latest Posts
  1. B’s re-sign Spooner: two years, $1.9 million

    Jul 1, 2015, 4:06 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Winnipeg Jets Getty Images

    23-year-old had 18 points in 29 games last year.

  2. Green signs with Red Wings — 3 years, $18 million

    Jul 1, 2015, 4:05 PM EDT

    Mike Green Getty Images

    Moves on from Washington, the team that drafted him in 2004.

  3. ‘It’s hard to find players like Phil Kessel’

    Jul 1, 2015, 3:38 PM EDT

    Phil Kessel Getty Images

    Penguins GM considers his new winger in the same class as Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos.

  4. After Preds buyout, Stalberg signs one-year, $1.1M deal with Rangers

    Jul 1, 2015, 3:19 PM EDT

    Viktor Stalberg #25 of the Nashville Predators warms up prior to a game against the Winnipeg Jets at Bridgestone Arena on October 24, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.
(October 23, 2013 - Source: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

    29-year-old forward will look to get his career back on track.

  5. Roundup: Jackman to Preds, Moore to Devils, Parenteau to Leafs

    Jul 1, 2015, 3:04 PM EDT

    Barret Jackman

    Some smaller signings to pass your way…

  6. Saad ‘a bit shocked’ by trade, but ‘looking forward’ to joining Jackets

    Jul 1, 2015, 2:57 PM EDT

    Brandon Saad AP

    Still needs to sign a new deal, but Columbus will match any offer sheet.

  7. PHT’s 2015 free agent frenzy tracker

    Jul 1, 2015, 2:30 PM EDT

    Mike Green Getty Images

    All the signings from what promises to be a busy day.

  8. KHLers Burmistrov (Jets), Tikhonov (‘Hawks) make NHL returns

    Jul 1, 2015, 2:06 PM EDT

    Alex Burmistrov AP

    Both spent the last few seasons playing in Russia.

  9. Lightning nab Condra for three years

    Jul 1, 2015, 2:01 PM EDT

    Marc Methot Chris Terry AP

    One of the Senators’ main penalty-killers last season.

  10. Canucks pick up Bartkowski

    Jul 1, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT

    Buffalo Sabres v Boston Bruins Getty Images

    27-year-old never really panned out in Boston.

  11. Coyotes stay busy, ink Downie, Michalek and Lindback

    Jul 1, 2015, 1:22 PM EDT

    Steve Downie Getty Images

    Having already signed former Canuck Brad Richardson.

  12. Avs sign ‘versatile, dependable’ Comeau to three-year, $7.2M deal

    Jul 1, 2015, 1:11 PM EDT

    Toronto Maple Leafs v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    Nice raise after playing for $700,000 in Pittsburgh last season.

  13. Blockbuster: Kessel traded to the Penguins

    Jul 1, 2015, 1:08 PM EDT

    150701-Phil-Kessel Getty Images

    End of an era in Toronto. A premier goal-scoring winger heads to Pittsburgh.

  14. Blues re-sign Lehtera: three years, $14.1 million

    Jul 1, 2015, 1:07 PM EDT

    Jori Lehtera Getty Images

    Finnish forward coming off a strong first season in St. Louis.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. D. Hamilton (2379)
  2. M. Richards (2342)
  3. C. Talbot (2073)
  4. R. O'Reilly (1964)
  5. S. Gagner (1902)
  1. A. Niemi (1767)
  2. E. Etem (1735)
  3. R. Lehner (1694)
  4. M. Lucic (1607)
  5. C. Pronger (1508)