For the last 10 years, Ryan Miller has done everything from negotiate contracts, ensure the Blues remained compliant under the salary cap and prepare for players who might opt to file for salary arbitration.
Essentially, Miller has been General Manager Doug Armstrong's right-hand man.
Now he's getting the title to go with it.
Armstrong announced Monday that Miller has been promoted to the Assistant General Manager, a role that was previously held by Bill Armstrong, who became the General Manager of the Arizona Coyotes in September.
"It's an honor to be put in this position with an organization like the Blues, with our rich and proud history," Miller told stlouisblues.com. "To be named an Assistant General Manager with a team like the Blues, it's humbling. I'm excited for it and I'm ready to do my best to help our team continue its success."
Miller, 36, grew up in Louisville, Colorado and earned a B.A. in criminal justice from the University of Dayton. He later studied at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law, but his career path would ultimately lead him to hockey.
"The thing I seemed to have a knack for was securities law, financial market regulation and that type of thing," Miller said. "The Securities and Exchange Commission has an regional office in Denver that provided internships to students, and I applied for one of those in addition to applying for an internship at KO Sports, an agency that represented hockey players at all levels. I ended up getting the internship at KO Sports, who later hired me as their Director of Hockey Operations and Licensing after passing the bar exam."
Before long, Doug Armstrong was luring Miller to the Blues, where he started working as the Director of Hockey Administration in 2010. He was promoted to the Director of Hockey Operations in 2018.
In August, The Athletic named Miller to Hockey's 40 Under 40 List, a group that included prominent names in hockey such as Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach Jeremy Colliton, Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Kyle Dubas and Head Coach Sheldon Keefe and more.
"There's a group of executives in various NHL front offices that came up through Kurt Overhardt's agency that have now worked their way into prominent roles and Miller is one of them," Craig Custance of The Athletic wrote. "He's become an invaluable member of the reigning champs' front office… He's basically doing the job of three people."
Miller said he expects his new role to include a lot of the same responsibilities he's had for the last 10 years, but also a new set of challenges.
"There are higher expectations, such as making sure I'm prepared for looking ahead and planning for what's ahead of us in three, four or five years down the road," he said. "In my previous role, I was supporting the people who were doing those things. Now I'll be the one that needs to be thinking about that. You get some of the credit when those things go well, and you're also accountable if they don't go so well.
"It's certainly a higher expectation and a challenge that I'm looking forward to."