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Ryan Miller isn’t ‘going to sit around and let promises get thrown around’

Dec 6, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT

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A pending unrestricted free agent, Sabres goalie Ryan Miller has had “exploratory, get to know each other” talks with Buffalo management, now led by president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine.

And at this point, that’s all the talks have been.

“I think they’re trying to figure out guys they want to hang on to and they think they can build a core around,” Miller said, per the Buffalo News. “We’ll see how it goes.”

Wherever Miller ends up signing, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be doing it for cheap. Not after Henrik Lundqvist got a seven-year, $59.5 million extension with the Rangers, a deal that Miller feels “sets the standards” for goalies.

At 33 years old, the next contract Miller signs figures to be his last big one. If it’s going to be with the Sabres, he wants more than promises that the team will be back out of the NHL’s basement soon.

“I’ve heard a lot of talk over my time,” he said “It’s about actions at this point. I’m not going to sit around and let promises get thrown around.”

Related: Nolan thinks Sabres should build around Miller ‘rather than use him as a pawn’

  1. multiplemiggs - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    to all the Isles fans thinking Miller is a good fit…you think this loudmouth bum is gonna even get a call from Snow with that asking price? Not only that, if the Isles were to hit a slump like they are in right now, this loudmouth idiot rips his players apart and eventually the entire team falls apart. You wana talk about another rebuild? You will definitely see one with this punk on the Isles.

    • djshnooks - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      Wow, you clearly know absolutely nothing about Ryan Miller.

      Loudmouth? He never throw his players, or coaches, under the bus. He blames himself.

      Bum? He is one of the best goalies in the world, and will probably win USA gold in the Olympics, like he almost did 4 years ago. He’s also won prestigious awards.

      Not worth the money? He has similar statistics to some of the highest paid goalies in the league, who are on some of the best teams in the league. He is an elite goalie. Put him on Pittsburgh, Chicago, L.A., St. Louis, etc…they are much better teams. He is an upgrade to most of the goalies in the league right now, playing on the worst team in the NHL.

      Get a grip and do your homework. Garth Snow is not smart enough to try and trade for Ryan Miller, and Miller would not want to go to another trainwreck of a team anyways. I mean, really…how is that Thomas Vanek trade working out for you? Are they going to defer a top-10 pick this year, or do it next year and miss out on McDavid? Sabres win that trade, big…not to mention, they can probably flip Matt Moulson at the trade deadline for another 1st round pick.

  2. amityvillefun - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Miller should spend less time making ultimatums and more time trying to help lead his team out of the basement of the Eastern Conference.

    • TJ - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Miller is the only one doing anything about that. Watch some Sabres games sometime. They can’t score.

    • elemeno89 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Right, because if he was the reason they were losing games he wouldn’t be in contention as the starter for the USA in February. Get your facts straight…

  3. kastout11 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    He will not be cheap, but I don’t think he should garner Lundqvust dollars. He is a couple years older and not as good as the Rangers netminder. I am a Flyers fan and watch Lundqvist stone the Flyers 7 times a year, and for my money, he is the best goaltender in the NHL (Rask might be better).

    • djshnooks - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Miller is also on a much worse team, and has been for a few years…yet his statistics are about on par with those of Lundqvist.

  4. tarotsujimoto74 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    At this point, I hope we re-sign him. We won’t get much in a trade for him, none of our goalie prospects are all that impressive to me at the moment. His cap hit would not be an issue right now. He also doesn’t really seem hell bent on getting out of here because he probably realizes his starting prospects aren’t great anywhere more desirable.

  5. LampyB - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Bunch or idiot responses on this one. Millers the only good player ont the team aside from moulson. If he speaks out saying to take action good for him, buffalo has been poorly managed for too long and miller deserves to play for a high caliber team. If your team sucked that badly for so long, wouldnt you want a change? Actions speak louder than words, its time for buffalo to build a winning team or say goodbye to miller, he deserves better.

  6. multiplemiggs - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    djshnooks is on an upstate trash molly/alcohol bender again

  7. multiplemiggs - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    he deserves a torn acl is what he deserves

    • TJ - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      No one deserves to be wished injury upon.

  8. anthj99 - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Obviously Miller has spent a little too much time around Darcy “I don’t negotiate contracts during the season” Regier. Not every GM treats his team like inhuman chess pieces and hopefully LaFontaine and the new management can rebuild this team’s reputation around the league.

  9. steelers88 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    If I were the Sabres I would I would just let Ryan Miller go. I feel that it is more important to invest the money into scoring and defense. You don’t need a great goalie to win the Stanley Cup all you need is a good goalie. Most teams who build around goaltending don’t usually win the Stanley Cup. I know the Sabres a far away from that.

  10. miket333 - Dec 7, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Miller’s last game was pretty bad. That goal against from the bad angle and no screen was just terrible. As
    far as Miller sticking around? I just don’t see it. At this point I think he wants to win a cup more than score a huge contract and would more than likely sign with a team for a discount price if they’re contenders. If the season ends and he hasn’t been traded, I could see him signing with the Pens if Fleury has another post-season collapse this year. Aside from that, the goal tending situation on the top teams seems to be pretty solid. And the question of who to build this team around? That’s a really good question. I can’t think of a single player on this roster who would qualify as being part of a “core” on any team in the league. Myers? Foligno? Ott? Stafford? Hodgson? Leino? I don’t think so. The Sabres need to steal Dean Lombardi from LA. Talk about a solid core they build over there. One positive as of late that I’ve noticed is that Myers has picked up his game considerably. Might just be my imagination though.

  11. ralphwilsonisrich - Dec 7, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Let him play for a contender! Nice job Darcy tearing the team down to nothing to rebuild once again

  12. slysipops - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    IT’S KINDA LIKE ………………

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