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Report: Ryan Miller’s ‘days are numbered’ in Buffalo

Mar 12, 2013, 8:39 PM EDT

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Through thick and thin, Ryan Miller has been the Buffalo Sabres’ go-to guy. There are some rumblings that might change, though.

During the first intermission of Tuesday’s Vancouver Canucks-Columbus Blue Jackets game, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported that Miller’s “days are numbered” in Buffalo.

The number of days might be fairly high, however, as Kypreos notes that a weak market could force the Sabres to wait until this summer or even the 2013-14 season to make a move.

The concept of moving Miller probably seems outrageous because there are many times when he appears to be one of the only bright spots for a fledgling Sabres squad.

Still, he’s not getting any younger at 32 and the team might want to shed his $6.25 million cap hit if they’re not a contender with him, anyway.

Miller’s current deal expires after 2013-14, making his departure easier to stomach if the front office doesn’t feel confident about his future with the team and simplifying a trade because he lacks an albatross contract.

Do note that the Sabres are unlikely to confirm such a rumor – whether there’s some truth to it or not – so we’ll just have to wait and see (and imagine interesting hypothetical destinations).

Update: here’s video of Kypreos’ claims (H/T to Kukla’s Korner)

  1. bagjr387 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    The sabres could get a lot in return for Miller and Vanek before the 2014 deadline….I can only Imagine what Vanek is worth to a team making a run…I would hate to lose a talented player, but I am thinking about the return value and the future of the Sabres. Since the present is ridiculously hard to watch

    • sabatimus - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      Oh yes. And Miller has already hinted his displeasure (with very good reason) at the defense in front of him. If I were Miller, I’d be begging for a trade from this train wreck.

  2. phillyphan93 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Wow. Miller and Buffalo go together like lamb and tuna fish

    • rsl22 - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:01 AM

      You prefer spaghetti and meatahball?

  3. kmacle - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Vancouver dumps both Schneider and Luongo and go with Miller. You heard it here first.

    • justinbanker - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      I was actually talking about that move in January.
      Vancouver needs a young dman / forward and desperately need to figure out their goalie situation and buffalo needs some experience / skill on the blue line.

      Buffalo sends: Miller and Myers / Brennan / McNabb
      Vancouver sends: Luongo and Hammuis / Edler / Bieksa and a third of fourth round pick.

      • sabatimus - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:47 PM

        That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever read.

  4. 19to77 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Purely for the sake of entertaining the thought, adding Miller could make Columbus a legitimately good team. If the Blues’ goalies don’t pick up their play, they’ll be looking by year’s end. Philly’s always ready to trade for a big name in the vain hopes that he’ll put them over the top. Edmonton should be looking for an upgrade over Dubnyk at this point. And in terms of teams good enough already that Miller might waive his NTC for them, the Devils need a long-term goalie fix.

    • mayortito - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      pretty sure columbus is very content with Bob right now. i wish he was still in philly.

  5. indianhead1992 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Lamb and tuna fish?

    Would you prefer spaghetti and meatball?

    • esracerx46 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      Yeah…considering were all in north america.

  6. hockeyfan28 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Bryz bought out this summer insert Ryan Miller

  7. tbbolts91 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    I think tampa might be ready for some miller time.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      makes the most sense, lindback is a true back-up not ready for full time work it seems. tb has a good amt of draft picks and minor league talent to spare.

  8. mikebel11 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Don’t get too excited people. This is Nick Kypreos we’re talking about here. He’s an idiot and is always misinformed/making up stuff.

    • esracerx46 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      He said his days are numbered, but then to cover his ass he said it might not happen until the 2013-14 deadline. Yeah thats probably when Id trade an expiring contract on a 33 yr old with a team that probably needs to rebuild. Way to be concise there Kypreos

      • arlingtonrob - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:53 AM

        In my world the term “days are numbered” means time is short…

        …not 1.5 years later.

        Brilliant Nick…

  9. mclovinhockey - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    At 6.25 mill Philly would need to dump a lot to get him even after losing Bryz.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      At $5.67mil, there isn’t much to dump if Bryz is amnestied. Not saying it’ll happen but it’s within the Flyers salary capabilities.

  10. gbar22 - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Brodeur is retiring soon I’ll take him jersey or luongo I’m not picky

    • cweez2 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      My bets are on NJ picking him up.

  11. dawglb - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:17 PM


  12. bubblehead22 - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Agree, he’s going to end up in Philly.

  13. jakreidler - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Miller’s candidacy does seem promising for the next goalie to have his career ruined by the Flyers. It’s a close primary, but Miller seems to have emerged as the frontrunner over Luongo.

  14. blomfeld - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Miller to Calgary for Iginla, Kiprusoff and Feaster ? …

    seriously, why not give it a go? … both teams are struggling right now and this may just be the answer, especially for Calgary over the long term … as for Buffalo, they get an immediate “shot in the arm” from the likes of Iggy and Kipper, while Feaster’s a joke who could be “dealt with” upon his arrival … I see potential win/win with a deal like this …

  15. riles1008 - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    No way this happens unless miller starts to purposely cause trouble to be moved, which is no where on the horizon. Unless buffalo gets a ridiculous return there is no way he goes anywhere

  16. thedavesiknowiknow - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    I took the headline of this post far too literally.

  17. buffalomafia - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    I can see Miller in a Flyers, Blackhawks, Red Wings or Ducks jersey?

  18. buffalomafia - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    @ justinbanker no team wants to take on Luongos salary.

    Buffalo needs to clean house not only with Miller but with Vanek & lots of other dead weight players for draft picks or younger better up & coming players!

    Also Pegula should fire GM Regeire too!

  19. darksidecowboy - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    If the Leafs can’t get Luongo maybe Miller could be the answer? Toronto media would love Miller. What about the Oilers? My gut thinks it’s Detroit, only if they can’t resign Howard. Miller is a big name goaltender the Wings haven’t had in a while.

    • tarotsujimoto74 - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      I wouldn’t think Regier would trade Miller within the division unless the return was absurd.

  20. 8man - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I’d be ready to write them off considering where they are in the standings and how many teams ahead of them have games in hand. But that win against the Rangers makes me pause, “Not so fast, my friend!”

  21. trieker11 - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Being a Sabres season ticket holder I have a few observations from the Sabrss organization. Darcy regier has been in the organization way too long, how many GMs can keep their jobs this long with such mediocre results and no championships? The guy overvalued his players, leading to small returns. This is what will happen with Miller, Vanek, Pom, and any other younger player that he won’t deal bc he thinks they’re going to be a superstar. Most fans in Buffalo thought things would be different under Pagula but its been worse. Darcy gave out some ridiculous contracts and it’s biting him, but still has his job. The organization seems soft, people around here want things completely fresh…new GM from outside the organization, new coach from outside the organization, and a new core (if you can get 1st round picks for Miller, Van, Pom you do it). This team needs someone in the front office that will make tough decisions and stop being such a nice guy, we’ve suffered long enough.

  22. hkynight - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Sorry but does anyone actually take anything NIck Kypreos says seriously? I mean the stuff he comes up with at this time of year (trade deadline) is generally dead wrong. He’s a blow hard who doesn’t have a clue.

    With that out of the way, I think it would take a lot for the Sabres to trade the face of their franchise. A goaltender who is still playing at a hight level. They don’t have a solid guy waiting to replace Miller (Enroth isn’t a guy you can win with), and the Sabres are trying to win as indicated by all the money they are spending. They don’t seem to have an appetite for rebuilding (again). What they need to do is spend their money wisely and with that, I would suggest the first guy to go is General Manager Darcy Regeir. They got rid of Lindy Ruff and now clean out the GM and get a fresh perspective on personel.

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