A list of three potential destination for Ryan Miller, Jaromir Jagr now linked to the New Jersey Devils, and suggesting Mikhail Grabovski as a possible fit with the Oilers.
SPORTSNET.CA: Patrick Hoffman lists the Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers as three potential destination for Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We can argue over whether Miller’s a good fit with any of those clubs for weeks, but what’s holding up any trade of the Sabres goalie is his contract, which has one year worth $6.25 million, plus a no-trade clause in which he lists
six eight clubs he won’t accept being dealt to. Sabres GM Darcy Regier earlier this week noted the difficulty of moving players like Miller and Thomas Vanek this summer who are a year away from unrestricted free agency.
It’s also believed Miller would prefer moving closer to California to be near his actress-wife during the season. He might also prefer being dealt to a Cup contender. Lots of factors at play here. It wouldn’t surprise me if Miller and Vanek are on the Sabres roster next season, with Regier shopping one or both as the trade deadline approaches, when most of their remaining salaries have been paid by the Sabres, and where there could be more demand for their services.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a Czech report claiming Jaromir Jagr was in New Jersey recently to personally inspect the Devils home arena. Jagr’s agent Petr Svoboda wouldn’t confirm or deny his client was in New Jersey.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Svoboda was quick to deny a recent rumor linking his client to the Sabres, so make what you will of his latest comment.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis wonders if it would make more sense for the Oilers to pay more to re-sign Sam Gagner, or save money by signing Mikhail Grabovski and using Gagner as a trade chip.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It would certainly make for interesting debate among Oilers fans. I think signing Grabovski and using Gagner as trade bait to address other roster needs would certainly be a bold move, of the kind GM Craig MacTavish promised when he was hired this spring. Ultimately, I think they’ll re-sign Gagner.