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‘It’s going to be a little strange,’ says Ryan Miller of seeing old Sabres teammates

Apr 3, 2014, 12:41 AM EDT

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

It’s simply inevitable. The Buffalo Sabres and the St. Louis Blues will face each other on Thursday.

It’s the first time since star goalie Ryan Miller was traded out of Buffalo to St. Louis that the two teams will clash.

Miller, however, will not be starting for the Blues, his new team, in Thursday’s game, according to a report on NHL.com. Instead, Brian Elliott gets the call to go between the pipes.

Miller, 33, played his entire professional career in the Sabres organization, winning the Vezina Trophy in 2010. He recorded 284 wins with Buffalo, breaking into the National Hockey League back in 2002-03.

His tenure with the Sabres came to an end on Feb. 28, when he and Steve Ott were traded to the St. Louis Blues.

“It’s going to be a little strange,” said Miller, as per NHL.com. “There were a group of guys I played with for a number of years. It’s going to be a little bit different but all great guys, all guys I count as friends. I’m looking forward to seeing them.

“On the human side of it I’m glad the guys are going to be in town. A chance to see some friends.”

Since joining the Blues, the top team in the Western Conference with 109 points, Miller has 10 wins in 14 games. As of the early days of March, he was “very open” to perhaps signing an extension with the Blues.

  1. bsaures - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Wont be that weird half the team was traded since the start of the season lol

  2. blomfeld - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    “It’s going to be a little strange” …

    yeah … and how do you think Chuck Heston’s character felt in the original Planet of the Apes movie ?

  3. bluesdroogie - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    why would Elliot get the start? Miller just had a shutout last game and its not a back to back. I get it Elliot had a shutout and miller started the next one also but miller should get the chance to face his former team as a blue. Now its a big IF, if this ever happens as he has no contract yet.

    • jhaegs - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:49 AM

      Blues have two HUGE games on Sat and Sun. I’m sure they want to rest Miller, and since he was indifferent about playing against BUF, it made their decision easier.

      • cardsandbluesforever - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:25 AM

        also if miller doesn’t play it will make things a lot less awkward if him a few of his old teammates want to go get beers or something after the game.
        it would actually be pretty damn cool if most of both teams went out an had some beers afterwards, its not like they are direct rivals at this point.

      • bluesdroogie - Apr 3, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        that ONLY matters IF Hitch decides to let Miller play both games. If that is the case I have no problem with resting him, but if we win on Saturday, Elliot might get the call on sunday.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Because St Louis is on a Cup run and Buffalo is terrible.

  4. usher716 - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    why not rest miller against half of an ahl team?

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