Sabres Shopping Ryan Miller With Deadline Coming
It's been in the back of Sabres fans' heads for some time now. Will this be Ryan Miller's last season in Buffalo?
Miller didn't practice Monday with the team at the First Niagara Center, but that was because he was still traveling home from the Sochi Olympics.
A person familiar with Sabres' general manager Tim Murray said the team continues to pursue offers for Miller with the intention of trading him by next week before the trade deadline on March 5. Reports say the team's first option is trading Miller, who is in the final year of his contract and eligible to become an unrestricted free agent, but if the Sabres could not find a trade within Miller, they would go ahead and try and re-sign him.
When Murray first took the job, at his first press conference back in January, he said:
This team's in last place right now. Everybody can be traded.
Sabres coach Ted Nolan went on the record recently to voice his opinion about the Miller situation:
I think that's the key right there, not knowing....We can't worry about who might be gone, who might be coming in. Today is the day we have to work with what we've got. And tomorrow, whatever we've got here, then we'll work with that, too.
Nolan also had a different take on his thoughts regarding Miller. After previously saying he favored the Sabres retaining Miller, Nolan said the decision was out of his hands.
My thoughts don't really count right now. Certainly, what Ryan Miller means to this team and this town, no question you'd like to keep him. But it's business. And we have to look forward to rebuilding this organization.
What do you think should happen to Miller? Who else should be on the chopping block and be potentially traded?
On the bright side, Buffalo can find whatever little comfort they can in knowing that Sabres fans are loyal as they come.
The NHL U.S. top 5 average TV ratings this season:
1. Penguins 7.67
2. Sabres 5.45
3. Bruins 5.06
4. Blackhawks 4.49
5. Blues 3.95