When the Buffalo Sabres traded away star goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 28, 2014, the team was looking to build toward the future. Miller was the star goalie on a floundering, last-place team. The St. Louis Blues had the second most points at the time of the trade.
In the 19 games Miller played for St. Louis, he went 10-8-1, with a 2.47 goals against average, and a .903 save percentage. The Blues decided to go in a different direction Monday, resigning goalie Brian Elliott to a three-year, $7.5 million contract extension. Elliott went 18-6-2 with a 1.96 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. He also recorded four shutouts. They have also stated that top goalie prospect Jake Allen will be in the National Hockey League next season.
Miller, the Buffalo Sabres all-time leader in wins with 284, is left to find a new team now. Free agency begins on July 1, so a number of teams will likely line up to sign him.
The trade on Feb. 28 had several stipulations, of which are tied to draft pick compensation to the Sabres. If the Blues trade Miller prior to the June 27 draft, the deal becomes the following:
- Ryan Miller, Steve Ott, 2014 2nd round pick originally belonging to Minnesota, and a 2014 3rd round pick to St. Louis for Chris Stewart, Jaroslav Halak, William Carrier, a 2014 first round pick, 2015 first round pick, 2016 third round pick.
The trade changes if St. Louis trades Miller after it makes its first round pick and before the start of free agency July 1. The trade would then finalize to
- Miller and Ott to St. Louis for Stewart, Halak, Carrier, a 2015 first round pick, and a 2016 second round pick.
The Sabres were obviously hoping Miller and the Blues had a harmonious marriage, culminating in a long-term contract. This would ensure the best possible draft pick for Buffalo. They still have to wait a short period to finally know what compensation they will ultimately receive.Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL