It’s widely assumed the Buffalo Sabres will trade Ryan Miller before the March 5 trade deadline, but where?
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson cited an NHL scout claiming the play of goalie Ryan Miller is the only bright spot in an otherwise miserable season for the Buffalo Sabres. Matheson wondered if the New York Islanders or Nashville Predators could be on Miller’s list of possible trade destinations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Miller is in a New York state of mind, I don’t think he’ll join the Islanders, whose playoff hopes are fading by the day. Sure, the Isles can absorb his salary – they’re among the few teams right now who could – but the Sabres would squeeze them for assets. After parting with Matt Moulson and two first round picks for Thomas Vanek, I don’t think the Isles want to deplete their roster and farm system of young talent for a goalie who’ll probably depart next summer via free agency.
The Predators are awaiting Pekka Rinne’s latest MRI on his hip before making any decisions on their goaltending, but of late call-up Marek Mazanec has played well (5-4-1, 2.00 GAA, .932 SP), giving up two goals or less in nine of his 11 starts. If he keeps this up, they won’t need to seek help.
The Blues, Kings and Ducks were mentioned as possible destinations. The Blues, however, seem willing to stick with Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott. The Ducks are deep between the pipes and in no hurry to make a shakeup. The Kings are committed long-term to Jonathan Quick, while backup Ben Scrivens has been outstanding filling in for the injured Quick.
Of course a lot can happen between now and March 5, and the needs of the Predators, Blues, Ducks and Kings could change. For now, however, there’s not many destinations for Miller.