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Sabres scratch Miller, Ott; Miller-to-Blues rumors ramp up

Feb 28, 2014, 6:45 PM EST

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The Buffalo Sabres scratched Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott leading into Friday’s game against the San Jose Sharks, and it doesn’t sound like they’re injured.

Both the Buffalo News’ John Vogl and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford back up reports that a Miller trade is “imminent,” with Rutherford tabbing the St. Louis Blues as Miller’s likely destination.

Let’s get this out of the way, although it will probably be noted in other trade situations: these scenarios can change course quickly, even when it seems like a guy is headed one place or another. The Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow trades to Pittsburgh last season show how unpredictable the final moments can be for noteworthy trades. The Sabres could very well get a slightly better offer in the time between a Miller trade to St. Louis almost happens.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie gives at least some reason not to allow imaginations to run too wild (yet).

Then again, McKenzie stoked such imaginations with a potential three-team trade between Buffalo, St. Louis and the Ottawa Senators:

Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said that he wouldn’t try to claim that Ott or Miller had a mysterious injury if they weren’t out on the ice, so it sounds like there could be at least some fire to go with the smoke.

Miller, 33, admitted earlier today that he thinks he’ll be traded, as NHL.com reports.

“I’m answering these questions because it seems likely, given my status at the end of the year, they’re likely to trade me,” Miller said. “And that’s where we’re at.”

Either way, the rumors are only bubbling up more tonight, so it’s a situation to watch. PHT will keep an eye out for updates.

  1. skoobyfl - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Miller left many months ago, it’s just going to be official soon.

  2. stakex - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Well obviously something is up. They didn’t decide to scratch Miller and Ott for the hell of it, and it would be surprising to not see a trade in the next day or two… if not tonight.

  3. haterzinc - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Ryan Miller for Jaraslav Halek….really

    • jhaegs - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:29 AM

      Halak…

  4. rlecchino - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    NY Islanders surprise team for Miller….. One can wish.

  5. canucks30 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Miller and Ott to St. Louis for Stewart, Halak, picks and prospects.

    Risky deal for St. Louis but if Miller plays like he did in 2006 and 2007 and the 2010 Olympics, the Blues just became a whole lot better.

    Ott also has more playoff experience than Stewart from his days with Dallas.

  6. hanspard - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    So all the Sabres could get was underachieving Halak and REALLY underachieving Stewart? They were trying to dump those two anyways!!! Great deal for St. Louis, and the only piece they were missing was the goalie.

  7. savior72 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Reading this is a done deal. Buffalo gets Halak, Stuart,Carrier, a 2015. First round pick and a 2016 third round pick for Miller and 0tt.

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