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Hey, at least Ryan Miller can attend his sister-in-law’s wedding

Apr 27, 2014, 7:23 PM EDT

For the most part, the St. Louis Blues put on brave – if disappointed – faces after another dispiriting first-round exit, this time against the Chicago Blackhawks. It’s hard to know what, exactly, one can make of Ryan Miller‘s reaction.

Without detecting the tone (educated guess: deflated?), this comment just seems puzzling:

Again, it’s worth noting that he was very likely being self-deprecating more than anything else, even if Blues fans aren’t likely to be very happy about his statement.

It would be understandable if Miller is just overwhelmed and disappointed. Between the playoffs and his brief regular season time with St. Louis, he went 12-12-1 and put up mediocre individual numbers (.897 save percentage in the playoffs, only slightly worse than his .903 mark in 19 regular season games with St. Louis).

At least one Blues player had Miller’s back:

Either way, as an unrestricted free agent coming off a disappointing performance, this loss hurts on both a financial and emotional level for the 33-year-old goalie. It’s difficult to imagine Miller signing a deal with the Blues, which sits just fine with what’s likely to be a good portion of St. Louis fans.

(Raise your hand if you hope he lands with a Central Division team so he sees a lot of the Blues next season and beyond …)

  1. jpat2424 - Apr 27, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Hoping somebody would keep Ott’s mouth shut oh wait the Hawks did.

  2. Stiller43 - Apr 27, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    As someone who actually has a sense of humor, theres 0 wrong with his comment, and nothing should be made of it

    • m1k3g - Apr 27, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      Right? And some people wonder why some athletes don’t like talking to the media….

    • chonchko - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Exactly. I’m not a Ryan Miller fan in the least (in fact, I’ll admit to getting some kind of perverse joy watching him fail), but I thought it was actually a great quote. It’s clearly a sardonic tone.

    • 19inarow - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Definitely a drama queen article.

  3. flyerguy73 - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Miller showing what an average to below average goalie he really is! Where are all the sports analysts saying the blues were the next Stanley cup team with Miller in goal? He will never see a Stanley cup! Love it.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      Unless the Flyers somehow add Miller this summer in which case you’ll be proclaiming him the missing piece right?

    • ccraig374 - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Miller can’t win all by himself

      • paperlions - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:39 AM

        No, he can’t….but he is the reason they lost this series. He was average at best. Crawford was much better than he was all series long. He came up with few big saves and let in quite a few weak goals.

    • nj666 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      you would know too right? with the plethora of stellar goaltenders to play for philly over the last 20+ years…

  4. roryflyers - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Wouldn’t mind him in Philly!

  5. ralphwilsonisrich - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Second best goalie in Sabres History. At least #39 got a cup

    • thomasvanek - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:20 AM

      Hasek was 37 When he got his cup. Miller has time.

    • robuff716 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      Second best goalie in Sabres history is Don Edwards….Millers stats might dispute that but Edwards passes the eye test with much smaller equipment

  6. gbart22 - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Blues fans are idiots if they think just letting him go will be fine. Who’s going to get you beyond? Elliot? Halak? Hiller? Give me a break miller is the best of the bunch and if he does end up somewhere else like say Anaheim you’ll still be crying next year when he’s taking them deep and you’re still losing in the first round.

    • stevedurbano - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Hopefully they won’t do the same thing with Jake Allen that they did with Bishop- trade him and let someone else make him a NHL starter. They had their goalie of the future and traded him for a second round pick.

  7. luvusa1 - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    dumb comment Ralph

  8. bpcubs23 - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    I am a die hard Hawks fan and I have to say Miller did a great job for the Blues over the series. Yes we blew their doors off in the 3rd period today but at one point I saw a stat that said the Hawks had 6 odd man rushes to 0 for the Blues. No goalie is going to stop all of those chances. That’s on the Blues D and shows the skill of the Blackhawks players.

  9. amily8 - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    As a Sabres fan, and a Miller fan, I hate that so much pressure and blame was put upon him. But that’s the way it goes for a goalie. He didn’t mean any disrespect, St. Louis fans. He’s a class act and very much missed, here, in Buffalo. I was rooting for Otter (Steve Ott) and Millsie to get past the first round and defeat Chicago. Better luck next year, guys! Sabres fans would love to have either one of you back.

    • ccraig374 - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Come back Ryan Miller to the city that loves and appreciates you.
      WE LOVE YOU MILLER, and what a shame Blues fans for not knowing what a gem you had!

      • ralphwilsonisrich - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:44 AM

        Ryan, thanks for the effort with the Sabres, but don’t come back were a mile away from being good.

  10. flyerguy73 - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Mase is doing fine! As for the rest of my team, they all need a swift kick in the pants! We don’t need, or want Miller. Hartnell is slow, Gill is slower than slow, Rinaldo disappeared, Simmonds should be in front of the net where he should be, Shenn also is not to be found. I would be surprised if they even win in Philly Teusday.

    • nj666 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      thats irrelevant

  11. earpaniac - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    I’m a Hawk fan, and this series wasn’t Millers fault. With all the odd-man rushes and breakaways the Hawks seemed to get, it was more on the defense than anything.

  12. spacealbatross - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Saint Louis D was horrible, you cant pin this series loss on Miller. He made some big saves in this series to even get them to a sixth game. The hawks were getting breakaways and odd man rushes consistently on the Blues, and that coupled with The Blues inability to score was what cost them the series.

  13. thekindone4 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    As a Buffalo fan, I wouldn’t want miller back at all! By the time our prospects develop, Miller will be 40 years old. I would take Ott back to be a 3rd line center and captain. As Sabres fans, we have to keep our eyes on the big picture! 2015! McDavid, Eichel, etc! 3 first round picks in 2015 sound good to me!

  14. hockeyflow33 - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    Please stop with pulling quotes out of context and then running with garbage like this. Honestly, I expect better from this site.

  15. titansbro - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Well, it’s tough to pull the defending Stanley Cup champs in the first round when you are the higher seed. Even if they didn’t dominate the regular season like they did last year I still think they are the best team in the West & most likely to go to the SCF.

  16. iownyou2 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Finally the rest of the NHL gets to see what us Sabres fans were dealing with. Guy can’t win the big games one of the most overrated goalies in the league, his vezina/Olympic season was his best and his climax and he will never reach that level again.

  17. zinger99 - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Not the kind of goalie that can carry a team. He’s had just 3 real good seasons. The kind guys like Roy and Brodeur had year in and year out. Too inconsistent. He’s adored in Buffalo. Buffalo sports fans wear losing on their sleeve like it’s some badge of honor. Worst team in hockey and they pack that arena! They can’t get enough! Supporting your team and being a sucker are two different things. Buffalo hasn’t gotten the memo. And Hasek couldn’t carry Patrick Roy’s jock.

  18. mjw9326mjw9326 - Apr 29, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    Bottom line is that the Blues as a team, blew it. Millsie didn’t get the job done the way he was supposed to and the job that he was traded for. It likely will cost him at least a couple million a year and limit his opportunities to sign elsewhere. If Allen is ready and from what I have read, he is, Miller may be gone.

  19. modracr41 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    I’m a huge Blues’ fan, and over the past 8 weeks, I’ve become a Ryan Miller fan. I think he had to adjust to our style of play, then in the playoffs, he kept us in it (remember how many saves he had in the 3OT game?) In order to win at this level, you have to score. Our forwards/defense didn’t score, not to mention the defense leaving Miller out to dry on a few occasions. As mentioned above we gave up too many odd-man rushes. I think they should try to sign him to a short-term contract and let him have at least a season to redeem himself. We have Allen and he can mentor him next year. I think with the 2 of them, we would be solid in goal. Not taking anything away from Elliot, but if it came down to who I would want in net for a playoff series again, I’d go with Miller 5 of 5 times over Elliot. Just my opinion. LET’S GO BLUES in ’14-’15!! You’re almost there.

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