After a summer of speculation and rumors, Ryan Miller said Wednesday he's happy to remain part of the Buffalo Sabres.
"Darcy [Regier, general manager] has to build a team and maybe he feels that he wants me here," Miller told reporters Wednesday in Buffalo. "I'm happy to be here obviously. I have a great connection with the city. I've enjoyed my time here. I'm just looking forward to getting started and do it all over again."
Miller went 17-17-5 in 40 games last season, snapping a seven-season stretch of at least 30 wins, and his 2.81 goals-against average was the highest of his career. Last season also marked the second straight season and fourth time in the last six the Sabres had missed the postseason.
"Last year didn't go the way we all were thinking," he said. "The last few years have been kind of frustrating, all culminating with [last season. I've been here a while and people are going to start focusing their attention on me, whether I should still be in town or not I guess. It all becomes about the same every year. You have to go out and prove yourself anyway. This falls in line with that. People expect me to have to go out and prove something but I would argue I have to do that every year as a goaltender for an NHL team. You have to go out and perform and play. You're not going to get any free rides. It's the same preparation for me."