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Sabres GM says Miller deal can net another first-rounder

Feb 28, 2014, 9:19 PM EDT

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St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong and still-new Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray reacted to the blockbuster trade that sent Ryan Miller to St. Louis, and they provided more than just the usual company-line quotes.

The most interesting tidbit comes from Murray, who explains that a conditional third-round pick could jump to a first-rounder in 2014 depending upon Miller’s future with the Blues.

It’s interesting to note that Buffalo has some picks that could move around depending upon how the New York Islanders (Thomas Vanek trade) and Blues perform, then.

If you hear a few extra cheers from Buffalo in the event that St. Louis enjoys success with Miller, 33, don’t be shocked.

Speaking of Miller signing an extension with the Blues, Armstrong gave an interesting answer to Aaron Solomon of 550 KTRS.

“It’s something that we’ll certainly discuss at the appropriate time,” Armstrong said. ” … but we really believe Jake Allen is the goalie of the future for the St. Louis Blues.”

That almost seems like a “show me” statement for a GM working in the show-me state, but we’ll see how things develop.

Either way, the Blues seem more interesting in the present and the Sabres seem capable of a fascinating future, even if both GMs are pumping up their long-term potential.

  1. rabidbillsfan - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Whoa… That honestly just made this deal a blockbuster. Tim Murray, you are the man. That is potentially 5 firsts in the next 2 years. Moulson should also be worth a 1st. Now, do you stick with Nolan, who has done a helluva job with nothing and a bad situation, or find somebody else. Honestly, that is the next most important thing in Buffalo.

    • thomasvanek - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Nolan can save this organization he is an amazing coach.

      • rabidbillsfan - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        I agree. He connects well with the younger guys, which, coincidentally, works well during a re-build/youth movement.

      • cardsandbluesforever - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        I hope he can connect well with stewart. that guy has some amazing hands, but his work ethic is what makes him so streaky. he has so much potential, just needs the right coach to get him going.

  2. zetaone - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    From a Sabres fan:

    Let’s Go Blues!

    • thomasvanek - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      I agree! 2014 Stanley cup champions!

  3. bcsteele - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Stoked about this trade. And I like the attitude regarding the “prove it” mentality. Honestly though, I see Miller in St. Louis the next few years. And what better way to bring up Jake Allen to the next level full time then to mentor with Miller. I AM STOKED. LET’S GO BLUES!!!

    • bcsteele - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      And for the record, I remember pulling for the Sabres for years when they were a contender with Drury and Miller at the helm. Best of luck to you and glad to see we could find what I believe to be a pretty true and fair deal for both sides.

  4. cantescapekarma - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    I know that Miller had to be traded and all, but it’s still a sad day in Buffalo seeing both Ryan Miller and Steve Ott leaving town. They will definitely be missed! It’s hard to really be too excited about anyone in this trade coming Buffalo’s way. Halak’s a free agent at the end of the year and there’s already talk of flipping Stewart for draft picks. I don’t know much about Carrier but I like what I’ve heard/read so far. Man I cannot wait until Buffalo is a buyer at the deadline instead of having these fire sales… With all these high draft pucks, prospects already in our system, an owner willing to spend money on all areas of the team (including new improvements to player development Tim Murray spoke of today) – the future looks bright for Buffalo, as long as we draft well. But the future can’t come soon enough because the present is really painful! and with about 1/2 the team (in Buffalo as well as Rochester) set to be RFA/UFA’s next season, there are lots more changes coming I’m sure…

    • cantescapekarma - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      *draft picks (not pucks)

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