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Miller, Ott traded to Blues by Sabres

Friday, 02.28.2014 / 7:04 PM

By Staff -  / 2014 Trade Deadline blog

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Miller, Ott traded to Blues by Sabres

Goalie Ryan Miller and center Steve Ott have been traded to the St. Louis Blues, the team announced Friday.

The Buffalo Sabres will receive goalie Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a first-round draft pick in 2015 and a third-round draft pick in 2016.

Ryan Miller
Goalie - BUF
RECORD: 15-22-3
GAA: 2.72 | SVP: 0.923
Miller was a late scratch from his start Friday against the San Jose Sharks at First Niagara Center. He was the subject of trade rumors since prior to the season because he can become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"I'm answering these questions because it seems likely, given my status at the end of the year, they're likely to trade me," Miller said Thursday.

Miller played all 540 of his NHL games for the Sabres, establishing a franchise record for the team that selected him in the fifth round (No. 138) of the 1999 NHL Draft. He made his debut on Nov. 19, 2002.

He is 15-22-3 with a 2.72 goals-against average and .923 save percentage this season. He is 284-186-57, with a 2.60 GAA and .916 save percentage in his career.

He was 25-22 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and reached the Eastern Conference Final in 2006, where the Sabres lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games.

"I'm trying not to be too sentimental," Miller said Thursday. "I think everyone in Buffalo kind of knows how I feel about the city. [I've] always enjoyed the people, I've always enjoyed the city."

Jhonas Enroth is the starting goalie for the Sabres of Friday.

The NHL Trade Deadline is 3 p.m. ET Wednesday.

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