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Video: Should Buffalo deal Ryan Miller?

Mar 18, 2013, 9:02 AM EST

What will the Buffalo Sabres be like without Ryan Miller? It might not be long before we find out.

In the midst of a disappointing season that has already led to the dismissal of long-time coach Lindy Ruff, a report has surfaced that Miller’s ‘days are numbered’ in Buffalo.

But would they be wise to trade the 32-year-old goaltender? That was the topic of the latest NHL Faceoff:

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If Miller left, the starting job might fall to 24-year-old goaltender Jhonas Enroth. He’s been a bit of a mixed bag as Miller’s understudy, posting a 2.80 GAA and .911 save percentage through 46 career games.

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  1. billsin20xx - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    The bigger question is are the Sabre’s owner and president smart enough to monitor Regier’s changes. Regier’s priority will be short term fixes to make the team competitive this year in order to save his and the coaches job. The team needs a GM in place that will be looking at the next few years, not these last few games left.
    Regier should be fired right now before he does more damage, you have to think he is not the long term answer with the lousy team he has built so far.

    • mathieug79 - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      agreed, Sabres need a fresh start in the GM/Coaching area. A fresh start could help this team, who is in desperate need of a rebuild. (they already have a fresh start to rebuilding after last years draft) They have very good young players (hodgson, Grigorenko, Foligno, Girgenson, McCabe, Pysyk, Ennis, McNabb, Armia, ect.)

      They have some good prospects, they just need to get rid of some weird signing they did in the last couples of years. Get a coach who`s is good with young players . As a lightning fan, I know what a rebuild is. It might be hard to watch for a couples year (still hard to watch this year :S) but In the long run it will be worth it.

      First thing the Sabres should do, is trade away Miller, Myers, Ott, Kaleta. Myers some teams might take a risk on him. Calgary, Edm, NJ, Min, Avs could be a destination for Miller, but some of them would require to trade away someone before they acquire Miller. Anyways return on any of these guys would help rebuild and give younger guys a chance to prove themselves with a bigger role on the team. I would like tampa bay to trade for Myers, give him a chance. He has a lot of potential. I think all he needs is a change of scenery.

  2. bgrillz - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    He hasn’t been happy for a couple years. Trade him now and get something for him. Or he will walk for nothing.

  3. mclovinhockey - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Agreed with bills. Do you deal the top player on your team who is the only reason your franchise has been a contender for the past 10 years or do you make smart changes and move the players holding the team back and get rid of a GM who just dealt a good young player for nothing when there are several teams who need D upgrades willing to pay a decent price.

  4. sabatimus - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Miller has shown (by running his mouth, justifiably so) that he pretty much wants to be let go from the Sabres in one way or another. I don’t blame him at all. He stands on his head, and the defense in front of him is so bad that I’m surprised that he hasn’t gone Hextall on them.

  5. kgun80 - Mar 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    He doesn’t want to be here!! Get some value it’s painfully obvious the team needs a fresh start

  6. chanceoffleury1 - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Canucks, Anaheim, Blues, and Buffalo could all potentially be getting rid of ready-to-go starters. It’ll be a good summer to be shopping for goaltending (if none of them get dealt by the deadline).

    Miller would be a sick pickup for a team like Tampa. They’re deep enough in solid prospects and young talent that they could offer up the draft picks and prospects that Buffalo will probably be looking for in a trade without putting too much of a dent in their own future. Plus, Tampa would immediately become a playoff contender. Only downside (and it’s a big one) is that, as of next year, they’re division rivals. If I had to guess, Miller will be goaltending at an elite level well into his late 30s/early 40s. He could easily end up biting the Sabres in the ass in their attempt to get back to the playoffs if they go that route. But then again, if the offer’s right……

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