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End of an era? Sabres’ Miller records the win in season finale

Apr 26, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

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Ryan Miller made 30 saves through 65 minutes of hockey on Friday, and then denied the New York Islanders on all three shootout attempts to record a 2-1 win for the Buffalo Sabres.

For the 32-year-old Miller, it was the 500th game of his National Hockey League career. Could it be his last in a Sabres uniform?

There was news out of Buffalo that Miller put his townhouse up for sale, leading to speculation this is indeed his last season with the Sabres.

“There’s been a lot of ‘could be last game as a Sabre’ the last few years,” Miller told the Buffalo News prior to Friday’s game against the Islanders.

“I’m just trying to enjoy the moment. It’s going to be my 500th game. I’m going to approach it the same way I’ve approached the other 499: Just put your pads on and try to do your best. See where it kind of goes, go out and have fun, try and make the saves and see where it all shakes out.”


  1. jacketsfan7 - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him in a flames uni , I think this is the end of the kipper era too

    • valoisvipers - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      Why would he sign with Calgary? There will be better options for Miller and his services.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:45 AM

        Well since he isn’t a free agent he would be traded there

      • valoisvipers - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        Agreed he could be traded there, but how much would Calgary give up to get a player that will bolt out of town after his year is up? Even the Feaster Bunny isn’t that dumb and Buffalo won’t give him away cheap.

  2. mp1131211 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:12 PM


  3. dirte42 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    deuces…. don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya…. thanks for all the playoff losses

  4. timmyp716 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Miller will be a Duck next year………for bobby ryan and a 1st

    • withseidelinn - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      Could see it happening especially with BUF needing to fill the hole left by Pomminville. Although it seems they are pretty into the whole Fasth thing over there.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      Anaheim would have to move a goalie as well; they have three signed for next year

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Good chance he heads up in Orange County, CA close to where his wife works.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      That’s a lot to give up for a player that is UFA after one season with you and since when do the Ducks need a high priced goalie. They seem to be doing alright in that department. I think if anything a puck moving,offensive D-man to QB their power play would be a better move for them.

  5. sjsharks66 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    I can see him going to the Islanders or Lightning.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:50 AM

      I think TB makes sense because Lecavalier and St Louis are getting up there but I don’t know if the Islanders would be a fit

      • georgiared - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:31 AM

        Could see Lecavalier being bought out. His contract is atrocious for them.

      • grigointhefirst - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:12 AM

        Why does that make sense? Bishop and Lindback are in Tampa, no room for Miller. If I’m Darcy I’m looking at Colorado to make a deal.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        Well both those guys while promising, are still unproven. It’s hard to argue that Miller is one of the elite goaltenders in the league and for a team like TB, I could certainly see them trying to obtain a goalie for now.

  6. thedavesiknowiknow - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    Today was certainly full of symbolic gestures on his part- as if there’s some kind of potential deal (or legit suitor) already lined up- and the formality of draft weekend is the only thing standing in the way. Hats off to the guy.

  7. kgun80 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    If its Millers last stand… Good luck to him. If he leaves its because the team is rebuilding and they can’t strap themselves to an aging goalie with a huge contract. The one thing I can say for him is he cares. For all the up and down slides, and bad and great games, the guy shows emotion. But if he could do one last thing for us? We have to tie Drew Stafford to him. You want Miller well you gotta take Stafford!!

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      Guy wants to be closer to his wife. My guess, he’s bound for So Cal.

      • valoisvipers - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        I know the little women in players lives play a huge part in where they sign and Suter and Parise were examples of that but I think the only logical place for him to end up is going to be with the Devils when he’s UFA. By then the Devils will be in the greatest of need with Marty hanging them up. It seems to me that all the other good teams are set in net and I don’t see Miller wanting to sign with a lousy team.Plus Lou wouldn’t have to part with any players. Buffalo might end up in a Luongo situation until he is UFA and walks away. All the other GM’s can smell the blood in the water and will not offer up much at the trade deadline next season.It’s going to get ugly as the season wears on.

  8. buffalo65 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Edmonton is the place. Maybe get a young piece or 2 back.

  9. avscanes - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    philly will get him.

  10. buffalomafia - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Thank you Ryan Miller!

    I hope if you get traded it is to a strong contender! You deserve it!

  11. amerika1313 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Thinking Oilers, Avs, or Islanders. All have pieces that Sabres would likely be interested in, and all could use goaltending come next season.

  12. mclovinhockey - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    There is a decent goalie market already which usually lowers the price. Miller has a huge cap hit and isn’t getting any younger. The sabres return for him won’t be very high.

    Oh @avscanes, chances of Philly buying out Bryz, trading anything of value to get another old goalie with a higher cap hit then the starter they have now is slim to none.

  13. semin28 - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM


  14. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Idk how accurate this is but I read the Buffalo blogger on Hockeybuzz and he said the Sabres will be seeking a top-6 forward, a 1st round pick, and a top prospect for Miller. And that is just insane. Miller is a solid goalie but I wouldn’t consider him elite anymore. As for the teams that could be a fit… Philly should not be included. I’d say the Oilers will be the top suitor.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      A top six forward, first round pick and a top prospect is an insane price to pay for someone that could be a one year rental.
      Edmonton could use him but they were 19th in goals against and only 24th in goal for. With all the good young forwards they have it has not yet translated in to a high powered offense but it will soon.From what I’ve seen the forwards take off up the ice real quick but sometimes the puck has not yet been controlled to feed it up to them.They also tend to bunch up in both zones of the ice and make far to many 5 foot passes instead of taking the shot.
      I wouldn’t give up anything for Miller and would wait and acquire him through free agency.That would give the kids another year of growth and a further look at the goalies they have now,who seem to be doing alright.

  15. dfpoor - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Past his prime maybe, but dude is an American Patriot. Remember the Olympics?

  16. flyersfan67 - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    A lock for San Jose

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