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Agent: Miller wants to win Cup, will factor into where he signs

May 21, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

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On Monday, we listed five places Ryan Miller could potentially sign as an unrestricted free agent, now that St. Louis is no longer an option for the 33-year-old goalie. Our list included Anaheim, San Jose, Vancouver, Minnesota, and Pittsburgh, with Washington receiving an honorary mention.

Today, Miller’s agent, ex-goalie Mike Liut, told News 1130 in Vancouver that his client wants to win a Stanley Cup, something Miller’s yet to do, so expect that to factor into his decision-making process.

Liut also confirmed the Canucks as an option (cue the “But doesn’t he want to win the Cup?” comments), noting that soon-to-be-announced general manager Jim Benning, formerly the director of amateur scouting in Buffalo, was responsible for drafting Miller, way back in 1999.

That said, we’re still keeping Anaheim as the favorite. As we wrote Monday…

It’s been widely speculated that Miller wants to play in California in order to be closer to his actress wife, Noureen DeWulf. It’s also thought Miller is open to signing a shorter-term contract, which could allow John Gibson, 20, more time to develop before he becomes a full-time starter in the NHL. Anaheim could also fetch an asset by trading Frederik Andersen, if it does decide to bid adieu to Jonas Hiller and bring in another veteran stopper.

Oh, and given what Chuck Fletcher had to say about his already-crowded goaltending situation, we’re tempted to cross the Wild off the list.

  1. kreidsandslim - May 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Well this just changes everything! ………………………………………….

  2. titansbro - May 21, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Unrelated to this article, damn his wife is hot.

    • ntvd7 - May 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      Beautiful > Hot

      Either way, she’s not ugly :)

    • c9castine - May 21, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      shes alright. (relatively speaking).

      great rack, no butt though. im a butt guy. little googly looking too. (again, relatively speaking).

    • bullwinkle88 - May 21, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      She’s nothing to write home about…typical of women these days that are considered “hot”. Most are mediocre at best (Anniston, Roberts, JayLo, etc.)

  3. skr213 - May 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    If he wants to win a cup, I’d suggest playing better in the playoffs.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Right, it’s not like St. Louis was a bad place. Everyone thought this was their year.

    • c9castine - May 21, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      yeah, not all his fault, but thats the best chance hes had in about 8-9 years.

      • thesportsjudge - May 21, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        2.7 GAA and sub.900 SP, yeah, I’d say it is pretty much ALL his fault.

  4. pjblake2redwings - May 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    this was the year he could have won it with the Blues and possibly his best chance with that team stacked.

  5. shannysux - May 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Well, that takes Vancouver and Washington off of his list

    • ehmcw - May 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      Or Anaheim with Boudreau or SJ. If he wants a cup then go to Chicago, Boston, or LA as a backup.

      So here are some of factors (not in any particular order) for his consideration:
      1) size of contract
      2) if he’ll be the #1 guy
      3) Cup contender

      If he hold 3 most important then I can’t find a club where he’ll be the #1 guy, at least not more than a year or two.

  6. killhowe - May 21, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Honestly, Minnesota would be the best fit. Get use to a system for a full year. I don’t per say blame Miller in the playoffs, he is used to 30-40 shots a game and the more shots he faces the hotter he gets. Playing in St. Louis he faced half the shots and couldn’t adjust in time.

    • strictlythedanks - May 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      I agree but the Wild are a team that limits opponents shots very well so It would not be very different from Stl.

  7. pepper2011 - May 21, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    John Gibson doesn’t really look like he needs all that much more time to develop.

    I mean, it’s been about 5 years since Miller has been Elite.

    I wonder if Detroit would go after him and move Howard to the Isles or Sabres for some younger talent.

    • c9castine - May 21, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      wings have some good young talent. they dont have is size and toughness.

      better off seeing if they can move franzen. gonna be hard though.

    • c9castine - May 21, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      and i realize frnazen is big and tough, but hes been crap for a while now. maybe he can play better somewhere else.

      they need an evander kane type…young, tough, fast, bigger body.

      or maybe james neal….good riddance.

  8. c1md6 - May 21, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Yeah the Blues wanna win a cup as well, that’s why they will not resign Miller….

  9. calden99 - May 21, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Pittsburgh should get him

  10. djshnooks - May 21, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    “It’s been 5 years since Miller’s been elite.”

    That’s funny, again…this year was one of his best statistically speaking, on the worst team in all of hockey.

    Put him and Vanek in Minnesota with Pominville, Moulson and McCormick…and I guarantee they win a cup next year.

    • constantrevolution1 - May 21, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      So Ryan Miller and Vanek guarantee a Cup for Minne next year? Their respective playoff performances this year would seem to contradict that. There have been a lot of ridiculous things said on PHT, but that may take the cake.

      • strictlythedanks - May 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        You must not have watched them in the playoffs, I know chicago was 6 game series but the wild could easily have won that series based on how they played.

        Not saying I would guarantee a cup for them next year, but their play in this years playoffs was pretty damn solid, they gave chicago a tougher series than the Blues did.

      • constantrevolution1 - May 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        So when you said this: “Put him and Vanek in Minnesota with Pominville, Moulson and McCormick…and I guarantee they win a cup next year,” you weren’t guaranteeing they would win The Cup? That’s what I was referring to as being ridiculous. And I saw every minute of the Wild v. Hawks (I’m a Hawks fan). They’re a good team (The Wild), but they’re most certainly not a Vanek and Miller away from cinching The Cup.

      • strictlythedanks - May 21, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        Constant comeonnow that comment was not from me and I agreed with you that it was absurd. Just pointing out that the Wild really aren’t that far off and its nice to imagine if they had a legit number 1 goalie like most playoff teams. Good luck to the hawks tho I’m pullin for them now that the wild are out.

  11. djshnooks - May 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    2 more things…

    1. He’s a starter, period. End Of story.

    2. Noureen is a model and an actress. I’m sure you have much better looking women knocking down your door every day. Smdh.

    • c9castine - May 21, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      you know there are beautiful women out there that do other things besides modeling and acting.

      and everybody has a different view of beauty, especially as you get older.

  12. flyerguy73 - May 21, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    I don’t care where he ends up, he will never see a Stanley cup. Way overrated, average to below average goalie that has a bunch of people thinking he is an “elite” goalie. What a loser.

    • thesportsjudge - May 21, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Now that is a scary comment coming from a Flyer fan(Sorry, I had to.)

    • c9castine - May 21, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      why does he have to be a loser?

      look where your at. now look where hes at.

      loser?

  13. zinger99 - May 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    You have to keep in mind what a Buffalo sports fans idea of greatness is. Ryan Miller. Mr. Average himself. I hope he goes to Pittsburgh. I cant stand Pittsburgh. I don’t want to see Pittsburgh win a Cup. And with him they won’t. Or anyone else for that matter.

    • c9castine - May 21, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      haha. pittsburgh says go fock yourself

  14. zinger99 - May 21, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    I forgot to say if Ryan Miller played for the Edmonton Oilers in the 80s, they would still be looking for their first Cup.

  15. flyboystransport - May 21, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    There aren’t too many cup contenders looking for starting goaltending that are gonna give him the contract he wants

    • thesportsjudge - May 21, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      What about St. Lou….oh, wait, nevermind, that didn’t work out too well for them.

  16. dirtyharry1971mom - May 22, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Good luck with that Miller! I would see him sign in Minny. Bryz will probably be gone, Harding is a question mark, Backstrom will be an injury risk every year. Why not just sign a decent Starter to get their team to take that next step… They already have a great core of players, guys like Nino, Granlund, Brodin, Haula, ect will only get better.

    Get them Miller for 4 years or so, and this makes them contenders for the next 4 years. IMHO

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