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This is a terrific deal for the Blues who had been in the hunt for Miller for months. Halak has a wonderful record (29-4-4, 2.23 avg, .917 save percentage), but the perception is he’s not as good as Quick, for sure. If the Blues are to get out of the logjam in the West, they are going to need a goalie who can match saves with Crawford and Niemi (both Cup winners) and Hiller, too. They are stacked on defence with three Olympians (Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo on the Canadian team and Kevin Shattenkirk on Team USA) and up front they have five Olympians (David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund, Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko).
-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal on the Buffalo/St. Louis trade. Read more on the move.
Between the first and second period of the Sabres/Sharks game, Ryan Miller spoke to the media.
added 7:13pm, Blues press release below...
added 6:41pm, Another tweet from McKenzie,
Not saying this is it, but one scenario that has definitely been discussed: 3-way trade involving BUF, STL and OTT. A # of variations.
added 6:42pm, McKenzie again,
STL would get Miller, OTT would get Chris Stewart, BUF would get prospects from OTT. If Ott (the player) included to STL, 1st rder to BUF.
Tim Murray. GM for the Buffalo Sabres joined Hockey Central at Noon to talk the Sabres at the trade deadline.
Baiscally every Buffalo player is available, some more than others and some frank discussion on Ryan Miller and Steve Ott.
What are you hearing about two defencemen at opposite ends of their careers, 35-year-old Chris Phillips and 24-year-old Tyler Myers?
Dreger: In terms of Phillips, there's a negotiation that's ongoing between the Ottawa Senators and Phillips to keep him a lifer in Ottawa. If that doesn't go well, if Phillips doesn't like the offer that has been presented, then Bryan Murray may have to make a very difficult decision. There would be interest in Chris Phillips, a veteran player, very sound defensively, maybe he's a good fit with the Boston Bruins.
In terms of Myers, there is considerable interest according to sources close to the Buffalo Sabres. But GM Tim Murray isn't trying to push this guy out the door. Is he available? Is he interested in moving him? Yes he is. We're looking at Toronto as potentially a fit, as would be the Anaheim Ducks. And the Colorado Avalanche are definitely looking for a defenceman. So there will be options, but come ready to pay a premium.
read on if you want Kesler talk...
via John Vogl tweets,
Sabres GM Tim Murray says Ryan Miller's first choice probably isn't to stay in Buffalo and more than two teams have inquired about goalie.
Sabres GM Tim Murray says Steve Ott has generated a lot of interest in trade talks.
Sabres GM Tim Murray says his grading is done, he knows what he has, is ready to start making deals. Ideal return is prospects in 2nd year.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
There won't be any miracles in Buffalo this season, but Ted Nolan sure has pulled one off here in Sochi, coaching Latvia into its first Olympic quarterfinal after a 3-1 upset of Switzerland on Tuesday night.
And it's clear that Nolan's impact on his players is as much heartfelt as it is X's and O's.
"He's been a huge part of us," former Bruins and Senators winger Kaspars Daugavins said of Nolan. "We never had a coach that actually believes in the players. It's always been like army-style where everybody just has to work hard and you never get a tap on your shoulders, saying 'Good job, buddy.' He brings a different spirit on the team. He actually makes us believe that we're actually a good team. I've been to a lot of world championships and an Olympics before and we never had a feeling that we can actually win something. We just went out there and played."
Now Latvia needs another upset. A mother of one: Team Canada in the quarterfinals Wednesday night.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
It looks like Ryan Miller will head to the Olympics as a representative of the Sabres. Whether the goaltender finishes the season in Buffalo is up to other general managers.
Buffalo GM Tim Murray doesn’t expect much movement around the NHL heading into this afternoon’s Olympic trade freeze. Players get paid during the break, so it makes little sense for teams that are up against the salary cap to add a big-ticket item like Miller and his $6.25 million salary while they’re not playing. Plus, there’s the risk he gets hurt in Sochi before he even suits up for the new team.
“I never expected this to be a deadline,” Murray said Thursday. “If we don’t trade anybody, we pay them through the Olympic break and you can make a deal after it. The economics of the game and the possibility of injuries at the Olympics for those players, I never expected anything to get done quickly.”
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