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Canucks management ‘woos’ Miller in Vancouver

Jun 29, 2014, 11:16 PM EDT

The Vancouver Canucks’ goaltending situation has been the source of drama for quite some time, while Ryan Miller‘s uncertainty seems like it mainly sprouted up as free agency approaches. Either way, the two sides may very well find an answer together once July 1 rolls around.

If nothing else, the two seem to be talking about a possible deal.

Multiple sources report that Miller is in Vancouver talking to Canucks brass as the free agent period approaches.

There was already some scuttlebutt about the Canucks flirting with Miller, 33, so this presents fire where there was smoke.

Adding Miller would provide a slight logjam, albeit a manageable one, in Vancouver. The Canucks currently employ the young tandem of Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom, with both providing promise but also a lack (sorry) of experience.

Lack makes $1.15 million for the next two seasons while Markstrom will be a RFA after he finishes out a deal that carries a $1.2 million cap hit in 2014-15. Neither deal is difficult to trade, while putting them on waivers could mean losing a goalie for nothing.

Consider this: Miller has 559 games of regular season experience alone while Lack and Markstrom combine for 88 games of regular season experience.

In a lot of ways, the idea makes plenty of sense: Miller could provide the stability the Canucks crave and vice versa. Of course, there’s the possibility that this situation could meltdown into another soap opera … which wouldn’t be so bad for those of us who get to write about it.

Not that such scenarios factor into our excitement about such matters, of course.

  1. echech88 - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Pacific Division trips to California would vibe with his desire to be closer to his wife’s work in SoCal.

    But what happens when they want to trade him in a year?

    • christopher39 - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      Would they have to trade one of there goalies if they sign him

      • adamal17 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:01 AM

        No…but both of their goalies under contract don’t have any options available to be sent to the minors. So not signing one either means they carry three goalies all year or take the risk of having someone (and I can think of about 29 teams that would) pick either one of them up off of waivers.

      • christopher39 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:22 AM

        Would he wanna go to van if there kinda rebuilding and he says he wanted to go to a contender or if he wanted to play in Canada . And what if they offer what he wants tho

    • blomfeld - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:10 AM


      not to mention a ‘gold mine’ of material for O’Brien and crew eh ? :)

    • imleftcoast - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM


  2. dumbassgreg - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    reality this is miller only option to be a number one. unless san jose moves niemi .

  3. trbowman - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Miller finally gets freedom from a Sabres team years from contending…..and he would want to go to a Canucks team also years away from contending? If this guy wants to get a cup before he reaches Timmy Thomas’s age, Vancouver isn’t a wise move.

    • mackstrong2013 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Probably the best team who would would both want to, and can afford to sign him.

  4. Wineshard - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Miller is overrated. If he signs let’s hope there is no NMC in his contract because they should move him at the trade deadline, assuming he still has trade value by then.

  5. christopher39 - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Miller for god sake don’t sign in vancouver they will not I repeat will not win you a stanley cup

  6. hosewater2 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Hiller a better option for this Nucks fan

    • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      yeah probably… He wants more money and is worse in bigger games. Makes sense

  7. gbatap - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Why don’t Vancouver just keep Schneider and trade Luongo and not even worry about Miller? Oh shucks….that’s right…

  8. pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Yeah why not? Vancouver is effed anyways…. Oh yeah. Thanks for schnieder gillis!!!! NJ loves you :)

  9. pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Sure why not? Vancouver is effed anyway… Oh yeah, by the way. Thanks for schnieder gillis! NJ loves you :)

  10. pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    What contender is going to sign him? Only one I can think of on need of a goalie is Minnesota or maybe Pittsburgh. For that I would stick with fluery. Atleast they are familiar with his crap out moments. Enough about these dingle-berries! When is stastny being signed by NJ???? I can’t wait no longer

  11. jason9696 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    The Canucks are crazy if they think Ryan Miller is the answer.

    • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:29 AM

      they do need a goalie of some sort though…. maybe riemer would be a better answer for them?

      • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        i dont know why you all hate on the Riemer comments i make. He will be a man on fire with a lot to prove. I hate Toronto but the guy took a defenseless squad to the playoffs and then gets Shat on by the coach and team when in fact….. THE TEAM PLAYED HORRENDOUS!!!! Put this guy on a team with some decent defensive structure and he will be great. Especially for the cap hit.

  12. dcbear90 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    He was on a Cup contender. But he sucked playing for the Blues.

    • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      He looked like he was on an Island drinking Coco-locos on the beach for the blues…. It was sad. He literally just sat there in the crease not moving a muscle until it was too late towards the end he started playing a little better because he realized his team needed to pinch and try to find a way back into the game

      • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        I can tell how many blues fans look at this just by all the dislikes when you see the truth…. Miller is way over rated in my opinion. If he was great like he was in his 5 year hay day he would of played in the Olympics instead of sulking on the bench.

  13. christopher39 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    I hope they think it threw and say no to miller and sign hillier her is younger and more cheap (y)

  14. 33to22 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:47 AM

    Jun 29, 2014, 23:02 ‘ PDT

    I hope they think it threw and say no to miller and sign hillier her is younger and more cheap (y)

    • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      sad thing is Hiller had a team that could score AND play Defense. I dont think it would matter who they signed between the two. I think both goalies will be looking for a little redemption but their skill (when they actually try to play) are very similar.

  15. dropthepuckeh - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Perfect fit for this franchise but not necessarily in a good way. An over-rated whiner going to team trying to get away from their whining and diving ways. Didn’t they just spend years trying to trade a head case diva goalie? Seems crazy to me but I guess crazy likes crazy.

  16. rsl22 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    This isn’t meant to antagonize Canucks fans, but why would an aging goalie with no Cup ring want to go there? He’s not going to transform them into a contender.

  17. cantescapekarma - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Boy has his stock fallen since being traded from Buffalo. Considering that Vancouver was on his No Trade list when he was a Buffalo Sabre (all the Canadian teams were). The main reason he left Buffalo was to pursue his dream of winning a Stanley Cup. I am guessing that he must not have too many options left at this point if he is considering Vancouver. No offense Canucks fans, but I think that Buffalo and Vancouver are both pretty far from being Cup contending teams and it will be quite a few years before either make a push for the Cup. Vancouver may be a bit better than Buffalo right now (but not by much), but I think that the Sabres have quite a bit more player depth. In a couple of years, Buffalo should be flooded with talent coming up from the minors, not sure I can say the same for Vancouver.
    Maybe Miller signs a short term deal there and tries to bring his value back up?

  18. tn16 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Why not run with your 2 young goalies. Your Gona finish last so why try and get a goalie who isn’t Gona help your cause

    • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Probably just to keep the fans happy in case the two youngsters are terrible. It is tough for young goalies to split 82 games playing 41 41. So if one of them doesn’t pan out to even be ready as a back up goalie how are they going to go 60-20?

      The fans would hate this organization even more so than they already do and Cory Schnieder would be like the cure of the Bambino over there. Probably would even set fire to the stadium with how much that city loves hockey,

      It would be tough for this team to shy away from any veteran goaltender at this point in time.

      • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        Curse of the Bambino****…. I should probably start editing these before pressing post.

  19. flyerguy73 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    He will suck there also! Loser in buffalo, loser in St. Louis, and will be a loser in Vancouver. Gotta love it. From the #1 buffalo hater.

  20. rosales1983 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Go to VAN they are really good to their Goalies!!!

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