Even the door that keeps him in Buffalo.
Miller is 33-years-old and approaching the later years of his NHL career. With starting goaltending jobs around the league filling quickly, Miller understands that staying in Buffalo may be his best option to remain a starter in the league.
“I’m not closed off to the possibility,” Miller said, reported by Pro Hockey Talk. “I understand the situation in the NHL. There’s not a lot of goaltending jobs and they’re getting filled up by long-term contracts. I’m not going to try and close too many avenues at this point.”
While Miller's situation in Buffalo is hardly the same as Roberto Luongo's rollercoaster ride in Vancouver, Miller is still able to draw comparisons to his counterpart and says he will handle things differently.
“I’m not going to try and handle it maybe the way Roberto did because I think the salary cap changing and a few other situations changing with regard to long-term contracts has already shifted [the market],” Miller said. “I’m not saying he made bad decisions, I’m just saying it has all changed very quickly. He was operating with a contract that was signed with the last CBA. That’s hard and difficult to move that kind of contract because essentially that was Gary Bettman’s big thing was to close those [types of contracts] off. Trying to move something that they tried to get rid of is kind of a tough situation.”
The fact is, the goaltending market around the NHL isn't a very strong one. New Jersey snatched Cory Schneider from Vancouver, making him the successor to Martin Brodeur, while Luongo will remain in Vancouver. Jonathan Bernier is in Toronto and Ray Emery found a home in Philadelphia. One could suspect that the San Jose Sharks are missing a top-notch goaltender to get them over the top, but the price for Miller may be more than they're willing to pay.
Miller's first choice may not be to stay in Buffalo. But considering his age, the market and his contract, he may find himself still in Buffalo come next season, and according to him, he's OK with that.
Your man cave is your home field advantage for every game. When the game is on the line, you should be able to look around and be reminded of the great moments you've watched unfold in that very room! MJR Sports Integrityoffers a wide range or team and player-specific memorabilia that can do just that and take your game day room to the next level. Find your inspiration at MJR Sports Integrity and will your team to victory!
- Buffalo Sabres Keep All Options Open with Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek
- Matt Hackett Looks to Impress Buffalo Sabres with Future of Ryan Miller in Limbo
- Darcy Regier Provides an Update on Futures of Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek with Buffalo Sabres
- Buffalo Sabres Don’t Expect to Move up in Draft, Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek and Buyout Updates
Short URL: http://sport-ne.ws/zsk