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Sabres’ Miller won’t handle trade rumors ‘the way Roberto did’

Aug 26, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

Ryan Miller AP

Ryan Miller isn’t sure what the future holds for him in Buffalo, but he does know one thing — he wants it to be drama-free.

Or, as drama-free as possible.

Miller spoke with during Monday’s Team USA Olympic camp in Virginia and, in discussing trade rumors, alluded to another high-profile netminder who’d been subjected to plenty of them — Roberto Luongo.

“I’m not going to try and handle it maybe the way Roberto did because I think the salary cap changing and a few other situations changing with regard to long-term contracts has already shifted [the market],” Miller explained. “I’m not saying he made bad decisions, I’m just saying it has all changed very quickly.

“He was operating with a contract that was signed with the last CBA. That’s hard and difficult to move that kind of contract because essentially that was Gary Bettman’s big thing was to close those [types of contracts] off. Trying to move something that they tried to get rid of is kind of a tough situation.”

As we’ve thoroughly documented here on PHT, the Luongo situation played out like a soap opera over the last 12 months. There was plenty of discussion about no-movement clauses and rejected trades and botched deals, all of which Miller is seeking to avoid in his future.

Part of this has to do with the current goaltending market.

Sabres GM Darcy Regier has found it difficult finding trade partners for Miller (who’s set to make $6.25 million this year) and, as such, Miller isn’t going to get in the way of any potential deal — even one that returns him to Buffalo.

“I’m not closed off to the possibility,” he explained. “I understand the situation in the NHL. There’s not a lot of goaltending jobs and they’re getting filled up by long-term contracts.

“I’m not going to try and close too many avenues at this point.”

  1. banger60 - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    That’s very professional, not a ungrateful a-hole.

  2. bagjr387 - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Are any teams going to be willing to pay Miller or Vanek salary?…I only see deadline rentals that end up in FA July 1st…Better get what you can for them Darcy

    • redridershoottheireyeout - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      Best scenario for Darcy the Clueless is one very similar to the Bills QB situation and some team is in desperate need for either one of those guys. Still would like to keep them both here in Buffalo, but with that GM they will probably say goodbye, just like Briere and others.

  3. westinpat - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    I personally would love to see him resign for a few more years. Put players in front of him that will play tough and in position every game, then watch what he can do. Or with a short term extension at a reasonable price may attract more interest if he truly wants out.

  4. nightfireop - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    wait…so why does miller want to be traded again?

    • nightfireop - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      no i’m serious, a few years back it felt like he was going to be this generation’s dominik hasek for the sabres. but now he wants a trade? i’ve been trying to keep up with his news but i still don’t truly get why he wants to be traded….or does he want to say and mgmt wants to trade him?

      • thomasvanek - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:48 AM

        He is getting old an wants to be on a playoff team. IMO I think that if Darcy actually does his job right we can be in the playoffs most likely not this year but next year.

  5. multiplemiggs - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Im suprised the two know-it-all canadian islanders fans didnt comment with their baby dribble about how great a guy miller is and how hes perfect for the islanders. Millers a pig, a dirty player and a crybaby and has been his whole career. I hope he leaves for europe. You would still probably hear his whining from over there anyways.

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      Ummm, how is he a dirty player?

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        Miller is super dirty. Remember that time Lucic was innocently going for a loose puck, then Miller out of no where attacks Lucic’s elbow with him face… end sarcasm.

        I have no idea how Miller is dirty. As a Leaf fan, all I can say is the day Buffalo trades Miller away and Toronto only has to face him 2x per year instead of 6 will be a good day.

    • hockey412 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Clearly a Lucic fan.

  6. rainyday56 - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Miller won’t win Olympic gold “the way Roberto did” either .

  7. blomfeld - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:50 AM


    I’ve always included Ryan Miller in my ‘top 5’ which has been to the chagrin of many no doubt … but hopefully now these ‘troubled’ people can see what I’ve been alluding to all along, God willing …

    *** NHL’s Top Goaltenders as per the Sports Desk @ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ***

    1) Comrade Jonathan Quick
    2) Comrade Corey Schneider
    3) Comrade Jonathan Bernier
    4) Comrade Carey Price
    5) Comrade Ryan Miller

    28) Mike Smith
    29) Roberto Luongo
    30) Ilya Bryzgalov
    31) Alexander Ovechkin
    32) Ilya Kovalchuk

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • yustasayin - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      Miller has been pretty good. But here is the list of actual accomplishments for goalies that have played 165 games over the past three years with their even strength save percentage. And these represent what they are doing not what someone thinks they can do!

      Saves Goals 3 EV SV%

      Lundqvist 4441 331 0.9306

      Luongo 3911 298 0.9292

      Rinne 4351 333 0.9289

      Vokoun 3871 299 0.9283

      Reimer 1600 128 0,9259

      Niemi 3462 278 0.9257

      Miller 4378 356 0.9248

      Quick 4002 327 0.9245

      • blomfeld - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        Who draws up a list with Jonathan Quick at the bottom ? … seriously pal, are you nuts ? … perhaps this is meant to be read in ‘ascending’ order or something ?

    • thesportsjudge - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Price at 4? NO WAY!

  8. mobil4life - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Multiplemiggs you are an idiot.

  9. titansbro - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Rask is better than everyone on your list except for Quick. And how is Rinne not on there?

  10. multiplemiggs - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    hahaha im an idiot ok…he tries fighting players when hes down 5-0 and gets scored on by Colin MacDonald and im the idiot.

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