BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - With Ryan Miller in net, the Buffalo Sabres believe anything is possible this season - yes, including a run at the Stanley Cup.
In answering a question about Miller recently, coach Lindy Ruff quickly segued into the bigger picture by proclaiming the Sabres should be regarded a bona fide contender.
Miller represents the Sabres foundation. He's coming off a season in which he won a franchise-record 41 games, won the NHL's Vezina Trophy and was named the Winter Olympics MVP in Vancouver.
Yet, questions remain for a Sabres team in preparing to open its season at Ottawa on Friday. The defending Northeast Division champs still have much to prove after being eliminated by Boston in the first round of the playoffs last year.