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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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2013 Trade Deadline blog
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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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres