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Buffalo Sabres Among Teams Who Traded Goalies That Disappointed Fans

April 30th, 2014 at 6:02 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Sabres sent Ryan Miller to the St. Louis Blues before the trade deadline. While Miller did help keep the Blues in the games, he proved to Blues fans that he wasn't the superstar talent they thought he was. 

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In the Blues' series against the Chicago Blackhawks, Miller was pedestrian at times, but managed to escape the first two games with a 2-0 series lead.

That lead wouldn't last as the Blackhaws rattled off four straight wins to move on to the second round and send the Blues packing.

Miller was supposed to put what some touted as the league's best team over the top and make them the clear favorites for the Stanley Cup. But after sputtering at the end of the regular season, the Blues went from first overall team to fourth, losing six straight heading into the playoffs. 

But the Buffalo Sabres aren't the only team that has traded a disappointing goaltender away. 

Long before the trade of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to the Minnesota Wild from the Edmonton Oilers, it was known around the league that the goaltender was shaky at times. Minnesota needed a veteran presence and decided to pull the trigger on the deal and sent Edmonton a fourth round pick away. 

While most fans saw this as another chance for Bryzgalov to turn it around, the Wild saw the move as insurance with both starting goaltender Josh Harding and backup Niklas Backstrom out for the season. 

Bryzgalov started the first two games of their playoff series with the Colorado Avalanche, both were losses. Bryzgalov gave up eight goals on a combined 45 shots, with a 4.85 goals against average. 

Since those two games, the Wild have gone with Darcy Kuemper, who has since gone 3-1 and will be starting again Wednesday for game seven in Colorado. 

So far this season proved that getting a new netminder may not be the best way to ensure playoff success. 

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, Ilya Bryzgalov, Minnesota Wild, NHL, Ryan Miller, St. Louis Blues

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