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Sabres GM wants to trade Miller to a contender, get ‘value’

Feb 25, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

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While (still fairly new) Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray played it coy here and there, he didn’t make any bones about it: the ideal situation would probably involve Ryan Miller being traded to a contender with the Sabres getting “value” back. At this very moment, a contract extension isn’t in the works.

As PHT’s Joe Yerdon notes, Murray seems like he’s looking for prospects already a little bit into their development, at least if he gets his way.

Murray admits that the trade market has been pretty quite so far, although he also gave an interesting gauge of interest for Miller: more than two teams but less than 10 are inquiring about the 33-year-old netminder.

He also details some of the discussions regarding agitating forward Steve Ott and the possibility of Ted Nolan getting the interim tag removed from his head coaching title. Here’s full video of the Sabres press conference, which happened before NHL play resumed between Buffalo and the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday:

Speaking of Murray’s trade talks, his uncle Bryan is trying to land a deal for the Ottawa Senators. Bryan admitted that he’s given his nephew a call, but as he told Senators Extra, it doesn’t sound like there will be any family discounts.

“I made a proposal on one and he said, ‘it’s all business, Bryan, you know that.’” Bryan Murray said. “He’s asking high.”

The big question with the trade deadline rapidly approaching is: will he back down enough to get something done? So far, this appears to be the calm before the storm (unless Tim Murray is underselling his hand, of course).

  1. overdrawnagain - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    If the Blues are serious about trying to win their first cup they’ll trade for this guy.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:10 AM

      As a sharks fan, I’m already scared of the Blues as it is, if you get Miller I will pooing myself if we meet in the playoffs

  2. hallforpresident - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    How does this even count as an update?

  3. slaugin - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Is Halak not good?

    • nflfan4now - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      check out his Olympic stats!

    • 19to77 - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      He CAN be bulletproof, but he hasn’t been consistent enough to bet on for a deep playoff run. Guys like Rask who are just reliably excellent, thrive under pressure and always give the team a chance to win. Ryan Miller’s one of those. If the Blues want to really make a drive for the Cup this year, it would be a very smart move to acquire Miller at the deadline.

      • rabidbillsfan - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        The game tonight proves your point. He faced 38 shots while his offense generated 18. He stole a victory, and recorded 2 points to boot. Ryan Miller is the best Goalie in the league when he faces less than 30 shots, and he is proving this season he is easily Top-3 under any circumstance. Murray also wasn’t talking bank breaking returns either. Obviously, something of high value would be expected, but the Blues are so deep at their systems strengths I can’t see why they wouldn’t pull the trigger and send a highly touted prospect with a decent pick (expected to be late anyways). Miller has been an absolute trooper through this whole thing too, Murray would fly up the charts of “bargaining in good faith” if he sends Miller to a contender while also recouping assets for his rebuilding team. It will be sad to see him go, but Murray has made me extremely excited about the future.

  4. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    As a Leaf fan I love the idea of move Ryan Miller out west… but what’s wrong with Halak in the playoffs? He had an amazing run to the conference finals with the Habs. Getting severely outshot every game and taking down the Caps and Penguins offenses. It was impressive.

    There’s some pros and cons to Miller vs Halak. Yes, Miller is the better goalie, but he’s not so much better that it’s worth making major changes to a pretty solid team. Plus, Miller is 5 years older than Halak. Do you want 5 years with an A+ goalie or 10 years with an A goalie? With the defensive game the Blues play it really doesn’t matter. That’s why Halak, Elliott and Jake Allen all look like studs.

    If I’m the Blues i’d be wary of making that trade. All depends how greedy Buffalo plans on being to give up Miller.

  5. 13datsyuk13 - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Are there any other “contenders” looking for a goalie?

  6. muttbolts91 - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Tampa bay could use a veteran to help bishop with some starts during this playoff push.

    • withseidelinn - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:42 AM

      Agreed, but they already have too many tenders. Can’t see it happening.

      • zta7991 - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:09 AM

        Keep this in mind, I am not a Tampa fan, but what about that Latvian goalie? Granted it was just one game but still…couldn’t he backup bishop. Miller is excellent but I don’t think it would be worth giving up what Tampa would have to give up. And a side note please talk to your GM about not trading St. Louis to NYR. That is a terrible deal for Tampa.

  7. s2mikey - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    As a Sabres fan I have never felt that having Miller along with a bunch of do nothing forwards would never be successful.. I was right. It’s time to part ways but for goodness sake please get some STAR players that are actually good if you do trade him. I don’t want “value” players. That just means they are mediocre, dime a dozen forwards who can’t score. I want big name players. Period.

    • zta7991 - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      On the flip side look at all of the teams that try to “buy” a Stanley cup. Your whole roster could be stars and you could still not make the playoffs. I actually like the direction that buffalo is taking. Keep Moulson on granted he hasn’t done too much but he is a player that can really help the team. Myers has potential, Grigorinko (I think I spelled that wrong) has a bunch of talent. I think its just patience and keep grinding it out. I also have only seen a handful of games with buffalo and two of them where against my team lol.

  8. crazemastercraze - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    The thing I don’t get is why have the sabers waited so long? Their season has been over for a while now. You would think by waiting thins long other GM’s would be able to offer less knowing Buffalo will lose Miller in the off season for nothing and be able to trade less being in a position to haggle the price down. Not trading Miller earlier in the season seems counter productive.

    • zta7991 - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      that’s true. how deep is buffalo at goalie? I bet they can get a good goalie prospect and a mid level draft pick for him now. but they definitely could have gotten more for him earlier

      • nflfan4now - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Not true. Teams were letting the Sabre’s pay as much of his salary as possible before getting him, don’t forget the regular season means squat in the NHL. His trade value is up now as teams know if they need a goalie, playoffs are coming, and he has gotten through the season unhurt. If would have been even higher if Blysma had been smart enough to use him in the Olympics along with Quick.

  9. bufffalojoe - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Miller was not used in the Olympics because Pittsburg has interest in Miller, why would they let him boost his value if they have a want for him… Miller to pens unless a Callahan comes to Buffalo

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