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Sabres dealing Miller seems unlikely

Friday, 03.29.2013 / 12:34 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013 Trade Deadline blog

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Sabres dealing Miller seems unlikely

Would the Buffalo Sabres attempt to deal their rock between the pipes, Ryan Miller, in an attempt to acquire the assets necessary to re-establish themselves as a Stanley Cup contender?

Though it isn't out of the realm of possibility, the chances are unlikely leading up to Wednesday's NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET.

Miller has one season remaining on his contract that comes with an annual salary-cap hit of $6.25 million, according to Capgeek.com.

According to ESPN.com's Craig Custance, Miller does have trade protection in that he can submit a list of teams he won't accept a trade to, but some clubs believe the All-Star goalie, who has spent the past 10 seasons in Buffalo, wouldn't mind a change in scenery.

It was reported earlier this week that before the season Miller provided Sabres brass with a list of eight teams he wouldn't accept a trade to. Miller is 11-14-5 with a 2.91 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

In addition to Miller, possible trade targets for teams seeking a goalie could come from the Calgary Flames with Miikka Kiprusof or Vancouver Canucks with Roberto Luongo.

Still, the odds of a team paying a huge price for any of the three remains slim.

Luongo is in the third year of a 12-year deal, and Kiprusof has one season remaining before becoming an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2014.

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