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Murray’s talked with ‘couple of teams’ about Miller trade

Feb 5, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

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On Wednesday, Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray acknowledged he’s spoken with teams about pending UFA goalie Ryan Miller.

“I’ve had talks with a couple of teams. They’ve showed some interest,” Murray said, per the Buffalo News/WGR Radio. “They haven’t done anything yet to change that scenario. Talks are going on for a lot of players. There’s a lot of ideas being thrown about here the last few days.”

While Murray said that “nothing’s changed” with regards to Miller’s status, it does sound as though the Sabres are 1) prepared to deal and, 2) in a decent position to make something happen.

Miller’s been very good this season despite playing in front of a bad team, and could potentially showcase what he can do in front of a very good one in Sochi. Team USA head coach Dan Bylsma has yet to announce a starter for the Olympics, and it’s been rumored Miller and Jonathan Quick will split the first two games of the tournament, as a sort-of audition for the No. 1 gig.

Four years ago, Miller rose to prominence by winning tournament MVP and backstopping the Americans to silver. If he can replicate that success in Russia, his stock would undoubtedly rise… and that could mean advantage Murray.

“I have been getting more calls yesterday, the day before and today,’ Murray said. “I’m willing to listen on every single player, so I’m certainly listening on Ryan.”

 

  1. deadrabbit79 - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Vanek for Miller :)

    • mjw9326mjw9326 - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:37 AM

      In your dreams. Murray is not Darcy and is not that stupid. Hell, the Sabres have TONS of cap space so why not see about re signing him in th summer if they could.
      Give us one more number one and you can have Moulston back as well. I have not been impressed that much with him.
      For leadership skills alone, plus his work ethic, I would like to see Steve Ott signed to an extension. Miller is all but assured to be leaving. I wish he would stay, but seeing as there is no chance at a cup for at least three years in Buffalo,)likely longer)why would he stay for the rebuilding pains when he can get a good shot at an even bigger pay day and a cup all in one? he would be foolish not to.
      As for the Vanek Moulston deal, I still can’t believe Darcy regier, of all people, pulled that one of. That tells me that Garth Snow is even worse of a GM than Darcy, if that’s possible.

      • joeyt045 - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:32 AM

        Who is Moulston? I know we traded for a Moulson, and right now the way the Sabres are playing, I could use a six-pack of Molson’s.

  2. capsrockva - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    I would love to see him here in DC

  3. capsrockva - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    How bout DC

    • barkar942 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      With the lack of defense in Buffalo, do you really think he would want to go to Washington?
      Personally I think his best fit is in Long Island.

      • mjw9326mjw9326 - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:40 AM

        So he can lose there, like in Buffalo? I don’t see a cup for the Caps either. If I were him, I would see if someone like Anaheim would be interested. I think that team is on the verge of going VERY deep in the playoffs, if not all the way.
        By the way Ducks fans, as a Sabres fan, yes I AM green with envy.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        if he makes a decision based on the defense in front of him, nyi should be at the bottom of his list.

  4. lowenni - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Rumors going around are Capitals and Wild are the main bidders for Miller, according to Renaud Lavoie of the Montreal Journal. He might be a good fit for the Wild (although could they fit his salary next year and Vanek’s?) but I don’t think I want him on the Caps. One side of me thinks that our weak defense wouldn’t matter with a guy like that in goal and we could go back to scoring goals, but another side of me knows that goaltending is not our issue. Sure we’ve let in some soft goals but Holtby and Neuvirth are both pretty proven goalies who have a lot of promise–And Holtby has proven himself to be a great playoff performer. More importantly I don’t want the Caps to give up someone like Burakovsky to acquire Miller, even if he’d be a nice big-name addition.

    • nicknyhc - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      That’s funny. Those are the teams I figured would be most interested.

      If Hardings MS gets worse the Wild are in need of a starting goalie. If they snatched Miller they’d be a cup contender within a couple years.

      The Capitals need a new goalie. This Neuvirth/Holtby duo isn’t gonna get them anywhere, especially if they have to play Rangers/Penguins/Bruins in the playoffs. Caps goal tending won’t hold against those teams. For a team with Ovechkin, the Caps need to go deep in the playoffs. They need a goalie and some role players. Holtby has NOT been good in the playoffs.

      I think the Isles are the third team that could make a move. Nabokov is old, and Poulin isn’t top goalie material. Put a solid goalie behind Tavares and all the young talent and the Isles are a contender. They have the speed and young talent to run and gun, they just need a good goalie.

  5. jernster21 - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Too bad GMGM threw away Forsberg for Erat – he could have let him develop for another year and included him in a trade that would have actually helped the team.

    • anthj99 - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      Wow, as a Sabres fan I’d take that deal all day. He’s gonna be great.

    • ravenscaps48 - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      You all act like Forsberg is the second coming of Wayne Gretzky

      • jernster21 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        “You all” is pretty generalized, but from my perspective, he’s a top prospect – not just to me, but according to professional scouts that put him going early in the 1st round his draft year. With that said, Miller likely isn’t getting traded without a 1st round pick, a top prospect and a player in return, and I would have to think that’s minimum – hence my first comment.

  6. killerpgh - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    When was the last time a top tier starting goalie got traded at/near the dead line as a rental? I’ld guess it has happened, but off the top of my head I can’t think of any.

  7. garrison1981 - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Man somehow I wish Wings could make a move somehow for him n give them Howard n draft picks, $$, something lol

    • bensawesomeness - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      Is Miller better than Howard? yeah. But jimmy’s not a bad goalie, in fact, he CARRIES the team in the playoffs – in big games, Jimmy shows up. I’ll take that.

  8. cliffatola - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    At the end of the day, if the team isn’t a contender Miller will not waive his no trade clause to be moved. If I was him and the Caps came calling I go to the KHL, their defense is horrible.

    • leninthebuff - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:40 AM

      @cliffatola sorry buds you are wrong, Miller does not have a full NTC…he submitted a list of 8 teams he would not accept a trade to and it is widely believed 7 of the teams on the list are the Canadian teams as he has said he doesn’t want to go to a Canadian team. If true them that leaves only one other team on his list and I doubt the Caps would be that team. Buffalo’s D sux and if Buffalo had the Caps offense (56 more goals) they would be no where near the bottom as Miller has kept us in games that we had no business being in.

      • sens101 - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:50 AM

        He’s too soft, mentally and physically, to play in Canada anyway.

  9. exwnyer - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    I see St. Louis as a possible landing site for Miller. He’ll need a deal in place before someone takes him, though. The Sabres will work that out and ship him. Right now, St. Louis is my call.

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