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Miller puts Buffalo townhouse up for sale

Apr 26, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

Ryan Miller AP

There’s plenty of uncertainty regarding Ryan Miller‘s future in Buffalo as the veteran netminder preps for his 500th career game tonight.

Like, for instance, where he’ll live.

The Buffalo News is reporting Miller’s put his townhouse up for sale, which he purchased in 2006 — a few months before signing a three-year, $8 million extension with the Sabres.

(That contract took Miller to 2009, when he signed a five-year, $31.25 million extension with the Sabres. That deal is set to expire in 2014.)

To put the real estate transaction in context, here’s more from the News:

Though the sale can be taken as a sign Miller believes his time in Buffalo is up, it should also be noted he does not spend his offseasons in Western New York — and the Sabres are set for another long offseason.

He used to go back to his native Michigan for summers, but he now lives with his wife [actress Noureen DeWulf] in California.

Much has been made of whether or not Miller will be back with the Sabres next year, especially after last week’s ugly 8-4 loss to the Rangers that eliminated Buffalo from playoff contention.

Miller gave booing Sabres fans a sarcastic wave before getting yanked from the contest, though he later said it wasn’t a “screw you” gesture, but rather a sign he recognized their frustrations.

“Some people were giving me some grief, and I just picked my hand up like, ‘OK, I hear ya,’” Miller told the Buffalo News. “It wasn’t a screw you. It wasn’t a, ‘I hate you guys.’ It was, ‘You know, I hear ya. Enough. I get it.’

“Just let me try and do what I’ve got to do.”

Prior to that loss, the 30-year-old netminder has already been subjected to a season’s worth of frustration, trade speculation and questions about his future.

  1. dprouse - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Miller has now become a liability to the Sabres franchise. He is sulky and bitter, and that kind of attitude spreads through the dressing room like the flu. Buffalo would be wise to dump him for whatever they can get this summer, and start the rebuilding process.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      writing’s on the wall. i wouldnt be surprised to see him in fla depending on their lottery results and the option for seth jones. should be easier to work with and the price would be better than luongo’s asking price and no retarded contract to deal with… but you can bet the sabres will ask for a 1st rd pick and fla would be hard pressed to let go of #1 overall if they get it. then again there are several teams in that bottom 10 that need a goalie so colorado, fla, calgary, edmonton might all be in the mix with a good pick to spend on him. its a foregone conclusion.

      • sens101 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        lol you think fla or any of the lottery teams with a good pick are going to give it up for miller? nice try man. I think he can fetch a decent return but none of those teams is going to trade a top 4 pick in the draft, a potential cornerstone player, for a 30 year old goalie who has struggled the past two seasons.

      • sens101 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        However, i could see edmonton trading one of their young forwards for miller straight up

      • jpelle82 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        im saying a team like calgary who has 3 1st round picks in the draft would absolutely give one up for miller. i dont think florida would give up #1 but i also think there are teams that want to win now and would see value in a ready to play goalie with his ability vs an 18 yr old gamble in some cases that wont be playing for years anyway. perfect example – look at ryan whitney drafted 5th overall as a defenseman in 2002 at 18 – didnt play nhl until he was 22 was traded 2 yrs later and now at 30 is barely cracking an edmonton lineup. a team like edmonton who has drafted 1st overall the last 3 years might be willing to do it too and if they trade one of their 1st picks from the past 3 years past then isnt that the same thing basically?…at least then they had a chance to see what they are getting and giving up at that point.

    • stakex - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      You might be bitter too, playing with such a bad team and all….

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      Maybe – but I doubt, with the way the Buffalo crowd has taken to tearing down it’s own team, that there is going to be a very long line of free agent goalkeepers beating down Buffalo’s door. There’s that to consider, too. It will be interesting to see what they do.

  2. bigkniht37 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    can you blame him? who in their right mind would want to live in buffalo when they can escape that place for the summer??

  3. thehighcountrybear - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Mr. Miller’s real estate agent has suggested Ryan can enhance his townhouse ‘curb appeal’ by scraping the bushel basket of over-ripe tomatoes, some eighteen dozen eggs, and four life-size ‘Mitt believes in 47’ posters from the building facade…?

    Buffalo Animal Services personnel have already agreed to remove what appear to be several dead cats, a road-kill polecat and a thoroughbred’s head from the otherwise impeccable front yard…

  4. malvaren18 - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Miller should go play for the Oilers, he will be a perfect match for a young up an coming team.

  5. fikuserectus - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    I think the “writing was on the wall” when he was pushed around and hit by a couple of Bruins last year going for a puck behind the net. NOT ONE Sabre came to his defense. In fact, his teammates just stood around and watched. No one in Western NY could believe what happened. Some thought it was because Miller isn’t really a popular guy in the locker room. Others thought it was a sign of a weak team without any toughness.

    If Miller leaves this could be a good thing. A new start for everyone. Maybe the Sabre’s should get some draft picks or a good player. Something needs to change.

  6. comeonnowguys - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    “Is that a sign?”

    Uh, yeah… I big ‘ol “For Sale” sign.

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