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Emotional Miller says goodbye to Buffalo, readies for new adventure in St. Louis

Feb 28, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

It’s easy to look at the on-ice situation and say that Ryan Miller is feeling pure joy in being traded to the St. Louis Blues. That ignores the very human element of this situation, as Miller says goodbye to the only NHL team he’s ever known in the Buffalo Sabres.

The expression on Miller’s face during the farewell press conference might just capture that mixture of excitement in getting a great opportunity and sadness in leaving a team where he spent “a third” of his life.

Consider just the last few weeks for the 33-year-old. For better or worse, the U.S. men’s hockey team went with Jonathan Quick instead of Miller, denying him an opportunity to improve upon that silver-medal performance. Now he goes from a dreary (yet familiar) on-ice situation in Buffalo to high expectations in St. Louis.

“It just kind of hits you all at once,” Miller said, according to the Buffalo News.

Even so, there’s no denying the opportunity for Miller, who could really maximize his value (either in St. Louis or somewhere else, depending upon potential negotiations) if he can help the Blues make a deep playoff run.

“I am very excited for an opportunity to have a new adventure,” Miller said. “I have a strong sense that (St. Louis) has a very special team.”

Blues fans will probably expect special work from Miller, then.

  1. savior72 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Suit & skull cap? Really? Is that fashion in Buffalo?

    • crazemastercraze - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      Hey it freekin’ cold there, ok?

      • barkar942 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        It is 11 degrees right now at the Jersey Shore! Probably colder earlier in Buffalo. He needs a hat!

    • jhaegs - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      He’ll blend right in here in STL… except for next week when it will be 60*. But the week after that should be -10*, so he’ll be fine again.

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Good one.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:31 AM

      Is that you and your fashion sense Steve Avery?

    • blomfeld - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:40 AM

      LONG LIVE KHALISTAN ?

      Upon first glance, I thought this story was about the ‘highly’ successful Vancouver Canucks ‘Punjabi’ language telecast hosted by Sukwinder Dhaliwal ? But then I sadly realized that it was only about the ‘deserter’ Miller. Anyway, this massive shakeup with the Blues is ‘music’ to our LA ears, as these people are obviously now in a state of ‘complete’ upheaval and are subsequently grasping for straws. Oh well, guess that means it’ll be us ‘glorious’ Kings and the Hawks again in this years’ WC final ?

      ps: hey man, don’t say anything to Jhaegs and his friends about this eh ? :)

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      This ain’t the fashion section, mmkay?

  2. kingsfan93 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Miller you are GREAT goalie who plays with a lot of emotion. You have that drive in you that makes you a winner, who always wears your heart on your sleeve when you play. CONGRATS to you because you going to a team that is a good team, that will be a contender for the Stanley Cup as well.

    Be interesting to see now Blues vs Kings (my team) in the playoffs.

    Go Kings Go!!!

  3. sjsharks66 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    You ever see a hockey player out of their equipment. All they wear are suits and beanies. Especially when they are arriving and leaving a building, which Miller is doing.

  4. lowenni - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Best of luck to Ryan. Hope he gets to win a Cup this year, he deserves it. Been through some tough times recently and is an outspoken guy but I believe he’s a class act. Not a Sabres fan, but I have the utmost respect for Miller.

  5. charlieconway96 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    If the suit and beanie combo is now acceptable my “wedding appropriate” wardrobe just tripled.

  6. thomasvanek - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Where do I find the full press conference?

    • cantescapekarma - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      I’m not sure if I am allowed to post a link, so just to to the official Buffalo Sabres website, click on press room (under multimedia) and you’ll see the Miller & Ott goodbye press conference.

  7. terrier92 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Savior72 it’s 10 degrees in buffalo right now good idea to wear a cap From a Bruins fan who loves the city of Buffalo solid trade, franchise coming back best of luck

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      Classy.

  8. henrik4dawin - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I’m really happy for Ryan, as he deserves a new start– I also think that he’ll get over the pain of leaving Buffalo for a real contender quite quickly. This is good for all three parties as St. Louis gets a goalie and a good leader, and loses a player they didn’t want and a mediocre goalie. Buffalo gets a return on Miller that will help them go forward, and it’s one less distraction this offseason. Ryan gets what he wants which is a chance at a Stanley Cup, or at least a chance at a far larger paycheck in July

    • jagmeoff - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Yes, Ryan will get another chance at a Stanley cup this year, like he did with Buffalo twice, in the not too distant past.

      What does the “chance at a far larger paycheck in July mean?” Unless he happens to win a Stanley cup with St. Louis or really puts on an unbelieveable performance in the playoffs, I don’t see his upcoming UFA contract being much different with or without this trade.

  9. savior72 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Was the press conference held outside?

  10. jacketsfan7 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    And uh I uh think uh uh and uh………….

  11. smarshall3789 - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Really happy for Ryan Miller he must be thrilled!! You should be happy to know I picked the Blues to win it all this year so enjoy the cup lol!!

  12. muckleflugga - Mar 1, 2014 at 4:39 AM

    blomfeld

    yeah … me too

    miller will be singhing another tune in old st. louis … if he gets run by lucic he can go all steve turbano on him

    if i were miller i’d choose a different passport photo

  13. patshal - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Miller is just giving lip service to make the media happy. He’s probably been praying since the beginning of this season that he could be traded. I think it was a horrible trade by the Sabres and I think he’s glad to get out of there. As everyone knows, the Sabres are the worst team in the NHL. Without Miller, they wouldn’t only be the worst, but they wouldn’t have even won a game this season. Horrible trade for Buffalo. But I’m glad Miller can get what he deserves, wins.

    • MarkL - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Not sure how you could say “horrible trade” for Buffalo. He’s an unrestricted free agent in July and wanted to go to a contender. And if you really knew Miller and how involved he was in the community, you’d know that his emotion was not “lip service”

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