How is Ryan Miller handling the trade rumors swirling about him? Will Alex Pietrangelo stage a contract holdout?
NHL.COM: Corey Masisak reports Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller is taking a low-key approach toward his future with the Sabres. Though Sabres management has expressed a willingness to entertain trade offers for Miller, the veteran goalie hasn’t requested a trade or publicly expressed unhappiness or frustration.
Miller said he intends to handle things differently than Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, acknowledging the new CBA has made it difficult to move players under expensive contracts. Miller has only one season left on his contract with a limited no-trade clause. It’s possible the Sabres could re-sign Miller, but he said so far nothing’s come up, though he isn’t ruling out the possibility.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Miller’s performance has declined over the past couple of years, due in part to injuries and the Sabres woeful defense. I believe it would take a significant improvement in Miller’s performance this season and a willingness on his part to accept less money on a shorter-term contract to remain with the Sabres beyond this season.
TSN.CA: Mark Masters reports St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo claims he’s confident he’ll be re-signed by the club before training camp opens in two weeks. He also said he’s not thinking about a hold out, but instead remains focused on training camp, as well as his current participation in Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s potentially good news for Blues fans nervous about Pietrangelo’s contract status, but just because he’s not thinking about staging a holdout doesn’t mean he won’t change his mind in two weeks time. Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that.