The St. Louis Blues announced they’ve traded goaltender Jaroslav Halak, right wing Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a first-round pick in 2015 and a third-round pick in 2o16 to the Buffalo Sabres for goaltender Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott.

Steve Ott and Ryan Miller headed to St. Louis.

Steve Ott and Ryan Miller headed to St. Louis.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: Our first blockbuster of the season. It’s obvious the Blues are going for it this season by acquiring Miller and Ott, who are also pending unrestricted free agents. Miller is still considered among the NHL’s best goaltenders, while Ott is a versatile, gritty winger. Both should fit well, at least in the short term, with the Blues. It remains to be seen if they’ll remain with the Blues beyond this season.

As for the Sabres, they get a veteran goalie in Halak to at least tide them over until season’s end, after which they can decide if they wish to re-sign him. It’s also a bit of a gamble, as Halak is also eligible for UFA status and could depart in the off-season. They do get a good winger in Stewart, who’s signed through next season, plus some pieces to build for the future.

 In the short term, or at least this season, this deal favors the Blues. Time will tell how this works out for the Sabres. 

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26 Responses to Miller and Ott to St. Louis for Halak and Stewart.

  1. JDBiGC says:

    Wow. I did not see that one coming. I figured Miller would go to the Blues, but I didn’t think it would be this big a deal.

    If I’m Buffalo I’d tell Halak and Stewart not to go anywhere. I’d be flipping them faster than a pancake. Stewart might be a decent fit on the Kings. Halak is a UFA, and wouldn’t be a bad backup.

    St. Louis is loaded for bear now.

    • JDBiGC says:

      *** note on the above ***

      I meant Halak wouldn’t be a good backup for a contender that has sketchy goaltending. See the Chicago Blackhawks

      • DJP says:

        Actually Halak could go to a playoff team as a vet insurance policy for their goalies should they go down in injury.

  2. Bickleton Wigglesworth III says:

    seems like the blues got a really good deal, especially considering the rumored asking price of miller alone. and i agree that buffalo should be looking to flip halak and stewart if they can get any decent offers.

  3. alforducks says:

    I think Buffalo did ok. Time was running out and they knew Miller was not coming back. The two picks and prospect will help fill the pipeline and now they have 5 days to turn Halak into a pick / prospect.
    No hurry on Stewart as he is signed next season. Pressure is now on St Louis, if they don’t win cup
    and do not sign either player it will be steep price.

  4. hugh says:

    buffalo got raped, especially since halak is going to be a ufa as well. I can’t believe that is all they got for their two best trade chips. They better hope that they can resign halak or at least flip him for a decent pick, i doubt they get more than a second for him.

    • Chelly7 says:

      Hugh, Really short sighted comment. There was a limited market for Miller being a starting goalie making $6+ mill/yr. Darcy screwed this up when he was GM of the Sabres. Miller should of been traded this past off season. Whatever they got for Miller was a good deal. Now they can flip Halak and Stewart. All Ott was going to bring back if he was traded by himself was going to be a pick.

    • DJP says:

      Did you read what the trade gives Buffalo…..

      here is the deal:

      Ott for 2015 1st + Carrier

      Miller for Halak + Stewart+conditional pick based on him resigning or them advancing to the conference finals in the playoffs( success on either =a 1st in 2014 or 2016, failure = a 2016 3rd)

      • DJP says:

        its uncertain right now if any salary was retained on Miller by buffalo.

        Miller + Ott= $6.25M+ $2.95M=$9.2M

        Halak + Stewart= $3.75M+$4.15M=$7.9M

        The difference in slaries are $1.3M for a full season…but at this point the difference is about 25% of that or $425,000 extra st Louis has against its cap.

        If that is the case–Buffalo will have another salary retention to use in a trade.

  5. ds says:

    Both Miller and Stewart have been publicly on the block most of the season. both teams got what they needed. Stewart and a few picks as well stop gap in goal. No one is going to trade for Halak when the Blues did not 100% believe him+UFA. The Islanders fell out of that bidding when Tavares went down

  6. Andy says:

    Murry said St Louis is giving up a conditional 2014 1st rounder as well.

    • Chris says:

      The Sabres will receive the Blues 1st this year instead of the 2016 3rd if St Louis advances to the Western conference finals OR Miller resigns with the Blues. So if this trade(Miller) does work out for St Louis, the Sabres will end up with two firsts, Carrier, Stewart and Halak. At best Ott would have landed the Sabres a late first this year. Meaning the Sabres essentially got a 2015 first, a prospect, Stewart and Halak for Miller. As a Sabres fan, i couldnt be happier, especially since Miller gets to go to a team with a real shot at the cup. Even without the conditional pick, i think most Sabre fans will be pulling for St Louis(Miller/Ott) this year. This is a trade i think truly benefits both teams.

    • DJP says:

      Its a condition pick….

      right now its a 2016 3rd…..but if any of the following happen it becomes a 1st in 2014 or 2016:

      1. make the conference finals this year—> its a 2014 1st
      2. They sign Miller to an extension prior to the draft—>its a 2014 1st
      3. If they resign miller to an extension after the draft–> 2016 1st

      • robert esquire says:

        It’s actually much more complicated than that. There are actually around 30 conditions in which the pick will change.

  7. Chris says:

    2016 3rd becomes a 2014 first if the Blues advance to the western conference finals, or Miller resigns with the Blues.

  8. hugh says:

    furthermore miller has been having the second best year of his career, despite playing on a HORRIBLE team.

    • Frank says:

      You must be a Luongo fan too…he was good in Florida for years but will be cupless just like Miller when all is said and done. Playing well on a crappy team does not make a cup winning goalie.

  9. Mats says:

    As a leaf fan this trade makes absolutely no sense to me, Blues just put themselves back as a franchise for years to come.

    A young, good goaltender for a old, in my opinion hyped goalie on the downhill who most likely leaves after this season.
    A young, good scoring forward for a old, grit forward that can be found and bought at UFA period.
    AND first round pick AND third round pick.

    I don’t get it. Blues gave everything they had to trade and got nothing in return.

    • robert esquire says:

      Just the opposite is true.

      The Blues got themselves ready to win their first Cup. Miller can do it and most people realize that.

      Plus they get Ott – a player most teams would love to have. He more than makes up for Stewart, an inconsistent forward that they had given up on.

      These two guys can make them champions.

      In return the Sabres got squat. They have enough inconsistent players on their team without adding another one.

      A first round pick in this year’s draft is useless, as the draft is weak and the pick is near the bottom of the league.

      A first rounder in 2015 is MIGHT end up as a top 6 forward, but equally might not.

      Halak is a guy who could bolt for free agency rather than sign on for 5 more years with a rebuilding team.

      Finally we have Carrier – the only real asset in this deal for the Sabres. This kid could have been first round last year, and has the potential for top 6.

      In short Murray proved that he’s no Darcy Regier when it comes to trades, not by a long shot.

      • Mats says:

        Nice analysis, i guess like most trades time will tell which panned out in the short and long rung.

  10. Aki Berg says:

    I think Murray did pretty good. If you look at each piece and what it means. First round pick in 2015 when the draft is deeper and it’s already being rumoured teams don’t want to part with those picks. Stewart and power forward who has had his name linked to a fee teams this year and could be moved for more future pieces before Monday. Halak who was rumoured to be going to the wild and could really solidify any other playoff teams goaltending. Carrier who I don’t know much about but is a prospect none the less. Finally the conditional pick which is helped by also trading ott as well because it could become a 1st if at Louis does well..

    Not only do i think Murray did good here but what does buffalo already have for picks and they still have other trade chips in moulson, erhoff, and others.

    If Murray does this right he could set buffalo up for a good 10 years. They might suck now but might as well do it right

  11. JJB says:

    I like the deal overall, more so if St. Louis can make the Conference finals it becomes very good for the Sabres. My belief is that they will try and retain Halak (who is only 28) and have a nice goaltending duo of Halak/Enroth. Halak could still be a good mentor and is used to doing split goaltending duties.

    On the other side I expect Stewart could be flipped. We know that the Senators were interested in him and they might still pursue him. I think there is a good chance the Senators put together a solid package of young players/prospects/picks to land both Stewart & Moulson at the deadline or in the near future to really gear up to try and make the playoffs.

  12. Steve says:

    I like this deal and thought it could have been done earlier in the year. We all knew Stewart was on the outs with Hitchcock and Kenny has had his eye on Miller since their elimination last year. Stewart is 26, has skill and a few years left on his contract – more importantly, he is a Nolan type of player. Aside from that he has played with D’Agostini before and there is some chemistry. Halak, Murray can move along to another team such as MN or we can keep him to share duties with Enroth. The thing is he really won’t cost us anything. For Miller and Ott they go to a contender and make it a top contender. For Miller I don’t see any California teams needing a goalie in the near future, so St. Louis makes sense- they will contend for the next five years and it is a hub – so Miller will be closer to home.

    Buffalo did the right thing with Ott and Miller – Ott gets a chance to win a cup and if he wants to come back to Buffalo – no harm, no foul. Murray gets his draft picks and while I don’t know much about Carrier, he may end up being a good piece of the puzzle.

  13. Steve says:

    I like this deal and thought it could have been done earlier in the year. We all knew Stewart was on the outs with Hitchcock and Kenny has had his eye on Miller since their elimination last year. Stewart is 26, has skill and a few years left on his contract – more importantly, he is a Nolan type of player. Aside from that he has played with D’Agostini before and there is some chemistry. Halak, Murray can move along to another team such as MN or we can keep him to share duties with Enroth. The thing is he really won’t cost us anything. For Miller and Ott they go to a contender and make it a top contender. For Miller I don’t see any California teams needing a goalie in the near future, so St. Louis makes sense- they will contend for the next five years and it is a hub – so Miller will be closer to home.

    Buffalo did the right thing with Ott and Miller – Ott gets a chance to win a cup and if he wants to come back to Buffalo – no harm, no foul. Murray gets his draft picks and while I don’t know much about Carrier, he may end up being a good piece of the puzzle.

  14. sq says:

    BUF supposedly retained 20% of Millers salary and if the Blues give up their 2014 1st, then the Blues get a 2nd and a 3rd rnd pick in 2014 draft. The 2nd pick is Minn’s and the 3rd is BUF’s.

    The fact I don’t have to watch Stewart float like a lazy bum anymore is worth a 1st rnd pick alone. Love this trade

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