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Report: Blues want to lock up Miller, but he might have eyes set on Ducks

Mar 27, 2014, 9:01 AM EST

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 25: Ryan Miller #39 of the St. Louis Blues waits for play to resume against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on March 25, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blues defeated the Leafs 5-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

St. Louis gave up a lot to acquire goaltender Ryan Miller from the Buffalo Sabres and he’s excelled with his new team, so it’s no surprise that the Blues want to re-sign him. It remains to be seen if Miller’s plans align.

The Blues have made their intentions clear to Miller’s agent, Mike Liut and don’t want this process to drag to the start of the free agent period on July 1, according to TSN.ca.

The problem is that Miller might want to wait until he gets a better idea of what the market might be like for him.

“The conventional wisdom among the hockey community is that one of the reasons Miller wants to wait until free agency on July 1 is to see if there’s any interest from the Anaheim Ducks,” TSN’s Bob McKenzie said.

He explained that Miller’s interest in the Ducks might be family driven, given that his wife is actress Noureen DeWulf and she spends a lot of time working in Hollywood.

With Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller‘s contract set to expire this summer, it’s not unreasonable to believe that Anaheim will be interested in Miller’s services.

Regardless of what happens in June or July, Miller is a member of the Blues right now and they are serious contenders for the Stanley Cup with him between the pipes.

  1. lowenni - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Hmm. Interesting. I’d assume as well the interest in the Ducks must be family-oriented, because the Blues are top contenders. If he goes to the Finals will he still want to leave? It’ll be an interesting summer.

    • flash8910 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      Ducks have been 1st in the conference for longer than the Blues this season. Ducks dropped slightly, but are still 3rd in the conference. So the Ducks are not one of the top contenders???

      • 28giroux28 - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        I think his point was that while they are, the Blues certainly are as well. So its not as if he’s upgrading to a top contender. From purely a team aspect, its a lateral move.

    • lonnie49 - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      his wife is an actress, so probably wants to be in LA

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    As a sharks fan, I really don’t want this to happen

    • nightfireop - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      as a kings fan, i would hate that too.

  3. cofran2004 - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    don’t the ducks have a capable goalie in hiller…?

    This is a legitimate question. I really don’t know his stats. I do know that the ducks have been really good this year, and generally that doesn’t happen without a competent goalie.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      yeah, and Andersen and Gibson are in the pipeline too. I wouldn’t understand a trade to the Ducks. They’re both great teams right now, but I see more potential in the Blues future than the Ducks. their superstars are aging… then again, so is Miller, so we’ll see.

      Miller’s wife is hot tho.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        I forgot though, Hiller’s contract is up at the end of this season. Interesting, for sure.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        …I guess that’s where reading the article would come in handy.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        oh and sorry, not “trade to the Ducks.”

        it’s f’ing early.

      • areaman714 - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        Ducks are aging? Teemu and Koivu are the only true stars aging. Cam and Hampus are 22 and 20. The Ducks have the highest rated prospects in the NHL. They have two firsts and two seconds I this years draft. Yeah, their future looks bleak. Regarding Miller. Maybe, but must accept a contract without a no trade clause.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        ease off the throttle bud. I didn’t say they were bad, or that their future looks bleak, but that the Blues future looks brighter in my eyes. all I’m saying. If I was Miller, I’d rather be in a place with less foreseeable competition for my starting job.

      • areaman714 - Mar 27, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        Don’t make low information posts then? How have the Blues done against the Ducks or ant of the Pacific Division elite? The Blues prospects of getting by the Hawks or Avs AND any Pacific team are not that good. So relax.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        low information? mother f***er, I live in Norfolk, VA. I have Ads season tickets. there’s no doubt I know more about the Ducks prospects than you. you can go off all of your “ratings,” but I’ll judge their future by the team I pay $650/year/seat to watch. shut your f’ing trap you touchy piece of garbage.

      • areaman714 - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        That. Would be a tantrum. Fun read. Thank you.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        lol no. a tantrum would be you crying because I said the Blues have a brighter future than the Ducks. it wasn’t even an insult. they have two of the brightest futures in the league. yet, you cry because i didn’t say your team was the best. go f*** your mother, homeboy.

      • areaman714 - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        Yet another tantrum. Tell your mom to ground you.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        Yet another pretentious a-hole from California. Go tell your mothert hanks for last night.

    • joey4id - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Hiller is a UFA next year, and he’d be a good fit in Edmonton.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Hiller/Fasth reunion?

      • joey4id - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        Hmmm! Don’t think so. Fasth is 30, 2.9 cap hit, and UFA in 2016. Scrivens is 24, 2.3 cap hit, and UFA in 2017. I’m guessing they would move Fasth is they do sign Hiller.

      • cofran2004 - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        Ah, many thanks joey. Then perhaps miller would be a good call. It’d make a good team even better.

        Though st. louis is pretty decent too.

      • mjw9326mjw9326 - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:05 AM

        Oilers just re signed Scrivens and I expect they think he is their guy. Why would Hiller go to a team that has almost no chance for a cup? Same concept as Miller not coming g back to Buffalo. They both are getting older and want a shot at a cup. They would not have one in Buffalo or Edmonton, likely.
        I do wish Ryan Miller lots of luck in the playoffs. To bad he could not get a cup in Buffalo.

      • joey4id - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:42 AM

        My point is about what the Oilers need to be competitive next year, with an eye on the future. Short term if I’m the Oilers, why not make him an offer? For the long term they have Scrivens.

    • 11111111111a22 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Seriously dude make more mistakes!

      What is your favorite breakfast item and why? Is it eggs? Pancakes? Or is it granola perhaps…sinner.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        you talking to me?

      • cofran2004 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        er… what?

  4. billsin20xx - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    This story was probably planted by the Hawks or Kings to throw some dissension into the honeymoon Miller and the Blues are on, they are desperate and have to do someting to stop the train the Blues are right now!!! LOL

    • joey4id - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      No way. Miller’s wife works in Hollywood so it only makes sense for him to test his FA marketability in So Cal.

      • mjw9326mjw9326 - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:11 AM

        She works? What has she been in besides one or two minor roles? I haven’t heard of anything big from her.

      • joey4id - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:44 AM

        Unless you’re her agent, which clearly you are not, then how do you know if she isn’t working on a role right now.

      • joey4id - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:46 AM

        Noureen DeWulf (born February 28, 1984 in New York City) is an American actress, currently starring as Lacey in FX’s Anger Management. She is best known for her roles in films such as West Bank Story, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and The Back-up Plan.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Yes, the Hawks are clearly terrified of Miller after they chased him last week.

      You have a bright future in St. Louis sports media.

    • mjw9326mjw9326 - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:08 AM

      If I were either ream, I would be nervous about facing the Blues in the Playoffs now. If Miller is on top of his game, look out. I cannot say the same for Halak or Elliott. As for the Avs, I think they would be lucky to get a win or two in any series with the Blues/

  5. blues1988 - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    report huh? sounds like nothing but speculation. same as it ever was…

  6. 11111111111a22 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    I LOVE LAMP!

  7. bcisleman - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Seems unlikely to me that the Ducks want Miller. I am guessing that they traded away Fasth because they are committed to Hiller. The real issue for Miller or Hiller though is that, with John Gibson coming up through the pipeline, ANA may not be willing to make a long term committment to either of them.

  8. rbbbaron - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Makes sense for Miller more than it does Anaheim– granted they’ll have the cap space, but it’s more a matter of management’s willingness to commit big money towards a netminder considering it seems like for the longest time they’ve preferred something closer to a 1a/1b model than going with a single high-priced, marquee starter (they learned their lesson with Giguere). I wonder if Miller would be willing to take a bit less money or term to make it happen, because bringing in Miller would stunt the development of the young goalies in their system that they’re so upbeat about…

  9. sjsharks66 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Stay out of California Miller… Unless you come to San Jose. I would HATE to have him playing on the Ducks. I still wonder why the Sharks cannot attract big name players still. You never hear about players like Miller or Iggy wanting to come to San Josie. Anyway, a little off topic.

    Blues, be sure to lock Miller up. Not only with a contract but literally slap some shackles on him during the off season.

    • flash8910 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Sharks were able to get Niemi after he won the cup. I really thought that was the piece that would push them over the top.

  10. echech88 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Well if the Ducks DID sign Miller they would sure have a big trade asset on their hands in Gibson.

    • hockey412 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      I would think they’d have to be crazy to trade him in favor of either of those guys, at 20 years old, when Hiller is 32 and Miller is 33. They have Andersen for another two years now, I’d think they had a plan to let Gibson develop further when they did that. Resigning Hiller makes the most sense I’d think, as long as he’s not wanting a 7 year deal…and even if he did as long as there’s no NMC it’d still be fine, wouldn’t you think? Who knows….gad what a great problem to have.

    • flash8910 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Miller would be awesome to have IF the Ducks can sign him to 2 – 3 years. Any longer, it’s probably not worth it.

      They can keep Andersen as backup for a year or two, then have Gibson come up. If Andersen plays like he has so far, then he could easily be traded for a 1st round pick and/or prospect.

  11. pi2000 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Hiller is streaky. He’ll fail at some point during the playoffs and there will be discussions of upgrading the position over the summer. No doubt Miller’s name comes up in that conversation.

    John Gibson is a future stud, but he’s still young and unproven. If I were the Ducks I’d look long and hard at Miller for a legitimate Cup run in 2014-15. And it would be hard find a better mentor for John Gibson than Ryan Miller.

    • rbbbaron - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Mentor? Think Miller can give him some tips on how best to take notes and collect stats from the bench?

    • mjw9326mjw9326 - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:15 AM

      Millsie is THE consummate teammate. If he signs for a few years, the kid can learn under him. Any longer and it is a big gamble.

  12. flash8910 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    As a Ducks fan WOW!!! Of course, it’s all pure speculation. However, if Miller is willing to take a family discount, then why not. I like Hiller, but they guy is mental sometimes. He seems to lose focus especially against lesser opponents. Even though the Ducks are loaded in goal in the pipeline, I don’t think you can say no to a Miller. Assets can always be moved for other pieces. Miller is getting up there, but he still has a good couple of years left. If he willing to take 2 – 3 year contract for $5 – 6 mil a year, I hope the Ducks would seriously consider it. By the time that he is done, Gibson should be ready to take over.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      Just from experience watching the two (I live next door to Norfolk, so I’ve been watching them for a while now) and being a goalie myself, I honestly think Andersen will continue to be a better goalie than Gibson. don’t get me wrong, I’m as high as it gets on both of these young guys, but Andersen, IMO, is the best kept secret in the NHL/AHL. a guy at his age with his level of fundamentals is pretty amazing.

      • flash8910 - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        Even though I have never seen Gibson play, I can understand what you are saying. Gibson is so highly thought of to the point where it scares the hell out of me. I have been following the NHL long enough to remember all the goalies who are so high thought of (Luongo, DiPietro, Fleury). The 3 guys that I listed have 1 Cup between them. Hype does not equate to success in the NHL.

  13. stuuuu86 - Mar 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    As a Ducks fan, I like the idea of signing Miller over Hiller in the offseason. If they can sign him to a 3-4 year deal, he may take a little less than he could get from another team if he is seriously interested in living in socal to be with his wife, I think it would be a good move for the Ducks. This would solidify the Ducks net for legitimate cup runs in the next 2-3 years, Gibson can continue to develop in the minors while Anderson backs up.

    When Gibson is ready in 2-3 years to take over, the Ducks could probably trade Miller at the tail end of his contract (structure the contract with less money on the backend of the deal so it may be easier to trade him at age 35-36) if necessary.

    They could eventually trade Anderson if they wanted to when Gibson is ready to take over the backup position behind Miller (1-2 years?). I think this plan could work.

    Hiller is going to demand a sizable contract at the end of this season as well and someone will probably offer him one, so it will not take that much more money to sign Miller. Hiller is 32 years old, Miller is 33.

    The Ducks are going to have to sign a goalie in the offseason regardless, I do not think they are ready to move forward with Anderson as a everyday starter (they shouldn’t be), so why not try and sign Miller.

  14. buddysguys - Mar 27, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    this is just lazy reporting….its been long known he wants to play in CALI and the Ducks are the obvious fit. Great Job Bob.

  15. mdobrasz - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Ha, “Mike Liut” I remember watching that dude play for the Hatford Whalers back in the ’80’s. He wasn’t that bad, actually….

  16. mjw9326mjw9326 - Mar 28, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    If they don’t lock him up and the Blues get deep in the playoffs, the Sabres get yet another first round puck. That means at least two for each of the next three years.
    Mi;;soe, the problem is, almost nobody has heard of your wife. A;so, the Ducks may want to re sign Hiller as he has done well for them and I think he is younger and cheaper.

  17. brockohol - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Wouldn’t say the Blues gave up “a lot” to get Miller. Swapped goalies, dumped a player that was a game or two away from being a healthy scratch the rest of the season (Stewart), a prospect that would probably not be wearing a Blues jersey for at least 4 years (if ever), and a 1st/3rd. Considering the Blues record those picks will be dead last so your getting a 3rd/4th liner at best.

    Plus they got Ott who has drastically improved the balance/depth of the forward lines.

    With the number of high level young players and prospects who are having trouble finding ice time as it is, giving up a couple of draft picks will not effect this team whatsoever.

    • bluesdroogie - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      it was a lot to give up for possible rentals. if both players walk via free agency then this deal is terrible if we do not win the cup. no problem letting stewart leave. he was a bum

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