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Miller still unclear about future with Sabres

Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 1:56 PM / News

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Miller still unclear about future with Sabres
Ryan Miller is scheduled to be in net Wednesday for the Buffalo Sabres when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2). After that, however, there are no guarantees.

Ryan Miller is scheduled to be in net Wednesday for the Buffalo Sabres when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2). After that, however, there are no guarantees.

Miller, set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, told reporters in Buffalo on Tuesday that he has not had substantive discussions about his future with the franchise.

The 11-season veteran has played every one of his 538 games with the Sabres and said even he isn't sure if the game Wednesday will be his last with the home team at First Niagara Center.

Ryan Miller
Goalie - BUF
RECORD: 14-21-3
GAA: 2.68 | SVP: 0.925
"Anything’s possible, just with the way the season's gone and the direction it could be headed," Miller said. "We'll just wait to see what the plans start to become."

It's been a tumultuous season for the Sabres. They enter play Tuesday 30th in the NHL standings with 38 points, six points behind the 29th-place Edmonton Oilers. The Sabres also overhauled their front office this season. Pat LaFontaine was hired as president of hockey operations Nov. 13, and that same day fired general manager Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston. Ted Nolan was named interim coach and on Jan. 9 Tim Murray was hired as general manager.

None of that has made Miller's situation any clearer.

"Still don’t know what to say," Miller said. "There’s been a change here. There was a change here before. So it's like waiting to see what the plan is and waiting to see what they have to offer. We haven't talked about anything with regards to contracts, talked about anything in regards to trades. They're doing their business. …

"I have a limited no-trade agreement and that's something I put out there in the summer. That's not something they approached about altering, changing or discussing. So let's just assume they're doing their business. I can't control it."

Despite the Sabres' struggles, Miller has turned in a solid season. He's faced 1,339 shots, fourth-most in the League, in 38 games; the three goalies to face more pucks have played at least 44 games. Despite all that rubber being thrown at him, Miller has 14 wins, a 2.68 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage, eighth-best in the League. He also will be the starter or No. 2 goaltender for the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Miller met with LaFontaine not long after the Hockey Hall of Fame member was hired, but said that conversation, as well as any since then he's had with LaFontaine or Murray would remain between them.

"It's a private conversation about a business transaction," Miller said. "That's what it comes down to. I'm waiting to see what kind of the plans are around here."

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