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Blues willing to pay big price to acquire Miller, Ott

Friday, 02.28.2014 / 10:06 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- General manager Doug Armstrong felt the opportunity was there to improve the makeup of the St. Louis Blues, particularly in goal, and was willing to pay the price.

It was a large price, but Armstrong pulled the trigger Friday on a trade with the Buffalo Sabres for goalie Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott. The cost was goalie Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, forward prospect William Carrier, a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, and a conditional pick that could turn into the Blues' first-rounder in June if St. Louis advances to the Western Conference Final or Miller re-signs with his new team.

"We're looking to improve our team any way we can," Armstrong said via conference call before the Blues' road game against the Anaheim Ducks. "The thought of getting the grit and determination of a Steve Ott, and Ryan Miller is a name that speaks for itself."


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Blues-bound Miller 'thankful to everybody in Buffalo'

Friday, 02.28.2014 / 9:13 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- After 12 years in the Buffalo Sabres organization, Ryan Miller is no longer their goaltender, and his departure from the team and the city is an emotional one.

Miller and Sabres captain Steve Ott were traded to the St. Louis Blues on Friday for goaltender Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, forward prospect William Carrier, a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, and a conditional third-round pick in 2016.

"I'm just thankful to everybody in Buffalo," Miller said at First Niagara Center, where he was scheduled to play against the San Jose Sharks. "Friends, fans, the organization top down, management over the years that believed in me; (owners) Terry and Kim [Pegula], who came in and did a nice job making this a continuing tradition of making this a great organization. I'm looking forward to what they can do here and their new direction."

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Canucks have variety of outdoor memories

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Ask Dan Hamhuis about skating outdoors and he doesn't have to think all the way back to his childhood.

The Vancouver Canucks defenseman took his family to his hometown of Smithers in northern British Columbia during the past two Christmas holidays, and skating on the lake behind his house was a big part of the trip.

"I spent a lot of hours out there by myself," said Hamhuis, who began skating there at age 4. "It's a great place just to tinker around with different skating moves or different stickhandling moves and spend a few hours on your own, in your own little world, and just skate."

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