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Miller is ‘very open’ to signing extension in St. Louis

Mar 3, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

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In all likelihood, the St. Louis Blues wouldn’t have given up so much to get Ryan Miller out of Buffalo if they didn’t think they had a very good chance of signing him beyond the end of the current season, should they so wish to do so after the playoffs, or sooner.

Still, they probably liked Miller’s answer when he was asked about his openness to staying long-term with his new club.

“I’m very open to it,” the 33-year-old pending unrestricted free agent said, per the Post-Dispatch. “But right now, it’s more about the hockey. We’re going to have a lot of time later on to feel that out.”

Not that he’d have unlimited options to sign elsewhere this summer, even if he performs well in the postseason. The goalie market is different than the market for forwards and defensemen, in that there are only 30 starting jobs available. On top of that, even the teams that don’t already have their guy locked up may be tempted to go young and cheap, rather than back up the money truck for Miller, who’s neither young nor cheap.

  1. joey4id - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Well! This is music to Tim Murray’s ear. The conditional 2016 third-round pick can turn into a first-round pick in this year’s draft if the Blues reach the Western Conference finals or Miller re-signs with St. Louis before the draft.

    • paperlions - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Yes, it does, but in return StL get’s the Wild’s 2nd rounder (which Buf owns) and Buffalo’s 3rd rounder…, not just a free 1st there….essentially, StL trades down about 15 spots for a 3rd rounder.

      • bluesdroogie - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        where did you read that the blues get the wilds 2nd round and bufs, 3rd round? I have not seen that at all

      • bluesdroogie - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:27 PM

        okay I just read this on sbnation. so if the blues resign miller and the 2016 pik becomes a 1st rounder this year, the blues get wild 2nd rounder(via pominville trade) and buffalo’s 3rd rounder. so acutally this deal doesn’t seem so 1 sided anymore. also I read that buffalo is taking on the remainder of millers salary(the difference of miller’s and halak’s) so Army did work some magic a little bit getting rid of a non workin factor in stewart, and bringing in Ott.

        It was funny to see Ott out of breathe on the bench yesterday.

      • paperlions - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:33 AM

        Yeah, it isn’t that bad a deal. Essentially, they get Ott and Miller for this year in exchange for a former 2nd round pick, and a future 1st and 2nd….Halak and Stewart went the other way to make the money work. It is a win-win deal, and if the deal turns out really well for StL via success or re-signing Miller, then the picks change.

  2. bullwinkle88 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    It’s obvious to me that StL got the better of this trade. I wonder if Darcy would have agreed to the same deal? I doubt it.

    • tridecagon - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Really? I’m an STL fan and I’m not sure about that. Buffalo ain’t winning anything this year and unloaded two players whose contracts are expiring, getting in return a full year of Chris Stewart, a 19-year old 2nd round pick, and two additional picks. The Blues spent major resources to try to get over the hump and win a Cup this year. Buffalo has profited mightily from this.

      • The Traveling W - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        So you must not watch must hockey if you think losing Stewart hurts the blues. Dude needed to go in the preseason. So glad to see him and emotionally disturbed halak gone.

    • zetaone - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      And that’s why Darcy Regier was fired.

  3. rbbbaron - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    I’d like to hear a player in such a situation say “Nope, no chance I’m coming back here”

    • grocerystick101 - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      That’s what Vanek did

      • rbbbaron - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        Naw, go back and check the articles– he was sprinkling niceties just like the rest (e.g. like how he could imagine resigning in NYI even if they dealt him)

  4. bagjr387 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    How dumb can the media be??? “Hey Ryan, You’ve been here for 5 minutes….So you want to be here for the rest of your career?”

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      Never underestimate the self-serving St. Louis media. See “Baseball Played The Right Way” and the similarly-themed articles on the Blues when the season started.

      “Aw shucks, they don’t do fist bumps after goals.”
      “Aw shucks, these guys just try so hard and just want to be part of a team.”

  5. bluesdroogie - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    already stewart showing his form, a minus 2 so far for the sabres. o do wonder though how halak is going to fare somewhere else where he might face more of a workload. a goalie like halak needs to see a lot of pucks, when he did he was normally stellar
    facing 15 shots he might give up 4 goals

    • valoisvipers - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Yeah,Halak often wins when facing over 40 shots.

    • jhaegs - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:45 AM

      Halak to the Wild perhaps? Aren’t they looking for a goalie?

  6. hardkor07mn - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    I believe the wilds 2nd round pick actually belongs to buffalo because of the Pominville trade. I’m pretty sure that’s where he was going with that.

    • bluesdroogie - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      if miller resigns then buffalo gets the blues 1st round this year and the blues get from buffalo, the wilds 2nd round and buffalos 3rd round. read it on sbnation. makes a little more sense now. and supposedly reguardless of anything the blues get buffalos 3rd round this year?? not sure about that one

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