Unlike Martin Erat of the Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller has not asked his NHL club to trade him. The former Vezina winner will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season if he is not signed before then. His team – fully loaded with youth – in the midst of a major overhaul, or rebuild if you like – may explore trading Miller for assets before the 2014 NHL trade deadline, but it won’t be because he is demanding to leave the only franchise he’s ever known. At least not yet.
At last season’s trade deadline the Sabres traded captain Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild for some promising prospects (Johan Larsson & Matt Hackett) and high draft picks. In the first month of this season, scoring winger Thomas Vanek was dealt to the New York Islanders for more picks and a comparable goal scorer (Matt Moulson). Miller could be next to go.
Ryan Miller told TVA Sports the following about his future with the Buffalo Sabres:
“I have not demanded a trade, but I told [the Sabres] I wanted to see the future direction of the team before talk of a possible contract extension”
Miller may not leave Buffalo. He might decide he’s still young, still wants to be a Sabre, and will be part of the turn-around the club is attempting. All that being said, between now and the NHL trade deadline there will be many rumours involving the Sabres high profile goaltender. Here is one of them:
And, I'm starting this rumor now: Ryan Miller to Anaheim. If I'm the Ducks, I'd do it
— Matthew Coller (@MatthewWGR) November 27, 2013