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Miller, Ott Trade To St. Louis Is Official


added 7:05pm,

 

added 7:13pm, Blues press release below...

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have acquired goaltender Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, a first-round pick in 2015 and a third-round pick in 2016.  Miller and Ott are scheduled to join the team in Phoenix, where they will face the Coyotes on Sunday at 7 p.m. (CST).

 Miller, 33, has appeared in 40 games for Buffalo this season, posting a 15-22-3 record and a 2.72 goals against average, while his .923 save percentage ranks 10th overall.  The East Lansing, Michigan native recently represented the United States at the 2014 Sochi games, marking his second consecutive appearance at the Olympics (2010-silver medal) and fifth time representing the U.S. in international competition overall.  Miller is a two-time All-Star, earning first team honors in 2010, the same year he captured the Vezina Trophy as the National Hockey League’s (NHL) top goaltender.  That season he appeared in 69 games, ranking fourth with 41 wins and second with a .928 save percentage.  Overall, the 6’2, 168-pound goaltender has appeared 11 NHL seasons (all with Buffalo), posting a record of 284-186-57 along with a 2.60 goals against average, .916 save percentage and 28 shutouts.  In addition, he has appeared in the postseason four times, compiling a 25-22 mark to go along with a 2.47 goals against average, a .917 save percentage and three shutouts.  Among active goaltenders, Miller ranks eighth in career games played (540) and seventh in wins, while sharing ninth in save percentage and 13th in shutouts.  Miller was originally drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round, 138th overall, of the 1999 Entry Draft. 

Ott, 31, has dressed in 59 games as Captain of the Sabres this season, ranking sixth on the club with 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists), while leading Buffalo forwards in ice time per game (19:42).  The 6’0, 189-pound forward is a veteran of 11 NHL seasons, including stints in Dallas and Buffalo.  Ott has complied 264 points (103 goals, 161 assists) in 673 career regular season games, as well as 1,318 penalty minutes, which ranks 8th among active skaters.  In addition, he has appeared in the postseason five times, logging five points (three goals, two assists) and 32 penalty minutes in 34 games.  The Summerside, PE, Canada native was originally drafted by Dallas in the first round, 25th overall, of the 2000 Entry Draft.

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Paul's avatar

McKenzie tweet,

At this point in time, there is no deal pending between BUF and OTT.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/28/14 at 07:08 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Boom. Way to get things started. It’ll be tough to top the magnitude of that deal in the next five days.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/28/14 at 07:34 PM ET

Paul's avatar

I’m told there aren’t likely to be any more BUF moves tonite. I’d say BUF will try to flip Jaro Halak to MIN and Chris Stewart to OTT.

via Bob McKenzie tweet.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/28/14 at 07:36 PM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

Buffalo gets raped in this deal.  There’s a trail of blood coming out of murrays ass.
I can’t believe that is all they got for OTT and MILLER.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 02/28/14 at 08:26 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Buffalo gets raped in this deal.  There’s a trail of blood coming out of murrays ass.
I can’t believe that is all they got for OTT and MILLER.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 02/28/14 at 08:26 PM ET

Actually, no.

It’s much, much closer than that, particularly if the 3rd ends up becoming a 1st rounder. Carrier could be good, Stewart is playing well, all the other vets involved are UFAs this summer, too, afaik.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 02/28/14 at 09:17 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Now we know that when Buffalo puts a C on your chest, you’re trade bait.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/28/14 at 09:37 PM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

how does the third become a first?  As for carrier, cullen says Carrier will need a few years to develop, but his offensive production this year raises some questions about whether he’s going to be a notable scorer as a pro.
Not exactly the greatest praise.
Yes all the other players are ufas on st louis side but these two teams are facing very different situations.  Buffalo needs assets that they can build upon for the future.  St louis wants a quick bolstering for this season, hence why rentals are acceptable, because it doesn’t hamper them for the future. 
So far the only plus is the 1st rd pick which will most likely be a very late one, and possibly stewart IF he returns to form.  That is a big IF tho. The 3rd rd pick is in a much weaker draft so chances are it will be a throw away.  Ultimately that return should have at the very least been for miller alone, minus stewart.  Ott should have got more than a struggling stewart who plays on a VERY good team.

Its not really that close at all.  Buffalo gets RAPED.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 02/28/14 at 10:09 PM ET

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how does the third become a first?

When it’s a conditional pick.

Quoting TSN - The third-round pick in 2016 becomes a first-round pick this season if Miller re-signs with the Blues or St. Louis makes it to the Western Conference Final.

As for carrier, cullen says Carrier will need a few years to develop, but his offensive production this year raises some questions about whether he’s going to be a notable scorer as a pro.
Not exactly the greatest praise.

Yeah, he’s certainly not the top prospect from last year’s draft. Other than the top 5 guys each year, it’s always uncertain how things are going to pan out. Time will tell.

Yes all the other players are ufas on st louis side but these two teams are facing very different situations.  Buffalo needs assets that they can build upon for the future.  St louis wants a quick bolstering for this season, hence why rentals are acceptable, because it doesn’t hamper them for the future.
So far the only plus is the 1st rd pick which will most likely be a very late one, and possibly stewart IF he returns to form.  That is a big IF tho. The 3rd rd pick is in a much weaker draft so chances are it will be a throw away.  Ultimately that return should have at the very least been for miller alone, minus stewart.  Ott should have got more than a struggling stewart who plays on a VERY good team.

Assets vs Future, is absolutely the correct way to frame it. No question about that.

Your appraisal of likely strength of draft picks and Stewart’s ability is almost all conjecture, though, with a couple of legit facts mixed in. A 3rd (or 1st, as explained above) in a “weaker” draft doesn’t make a difference versus a “stronger” draft. The strength of a draft doesn’t have a predictable effect on the likelihood that someone in the 3rd round is going to be a starter in 2 years as opposed to 3 or 4 years (or ever). A strong draft means there are several big impact players, and maybe a total of 7 or 8 guys, instead of 5 or 6, that make the league the next year, that’s about it.

Ott is not all that. Good character guy, good player but not some irreplaceable superstar by any means. And Stewart has played quite well. I certainly don’t see this being some huge dichotomy of talent.

Goalies are often somewhat over-rated in terms of importance. Miller has played great, but how many more wins does he get the Sabres than Halak and Enroth?  Quick is a great goalie for us in LA, but you know what, when you have a solid D, all of a sudden you can win with guys named Scrivens and Jones.

So, to recap:
Superstar Goalie who was going to walk, plus character guy, for…decent goalie plus decent foward, plus 2nd round prospect in junior, plus late 1st round pick plus another probable 1st round pick.

Nobody can say with any degree of certainty how this will pan out. You obviously have an opinion, but it’s just that. What exactly did you think the Sabres were going to pull? If they got one less pick, then maybe an upgrade over Carrier; that’s about it in terms of range on a move like this.

Its not really that close at all.  Buffalo gets RAPED.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 02/28/14 at 10:09 PM ET

Far be it for me to tell you how to post, but you might want to do a reset on the rape comments, for a day or two. The first one was in particularly poor taste, but now you’ve done it again.

I’ll debate you all day long, but make no mistake about it, you’re a weird dude.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 02/28/14 at 11:43 PM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

It didint originally say that the third rd pick becomes a third, etc.  They changed that afterwards which is why I asked.  Second of all, stewart has been a dud this year.  He has looked average at best but considering his linemates and how good st louis has been, most would say he has been beyond disappointing.  Considering he is supposed to be an offensively gifted power forward, he is obviously not living up to what he was capable of before.  He is also a major defensive liability.  Sure hes a plus 2 but considering how hard the blues are to score against as well as a majority of the blues forwards being at least plus 10 says a lot.  Sure ott doesn’t put up that many points but is huge, plays huge, and gets under the other teams skin while being defensively responsible. 
That said, the conditional pick turning into a first rd helps this a lot more to make it look even.  It all depends on what the sabers can get for stewart and halak, but it doesn’t look like they will net much. 

Millers numbers are comparable to halak’s.  But the team he has had in front of him is nowhere near comparable.  Look for his numbers to improve significantly playing with the blues.  Halak has been struggling big time over the last month or so.  His olympics was nothing to write home about either.  Being a UFA doesn’t help much either.  Sure miller is one as well, but buffalo has no need for a rental, so I guess it all depends on what they can pawn halak off for, but considering his play of late, it doesn’t look very good. 
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Halak started off strong, but has slumped considerably for the last month.  If buffalo had pawned off each player separately they most likely would have gotten more.

Considering the returns that big name ufa’s have gotten at the deadline, buffalo’s return was not looking that great.  If that 3rd rd pick turns into a first, then maybe.

 

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 03/01/14 at 12:57 AM ET

awould's avatar

I think this makes St Louis the favorite to win the Cup. It is the grit/agitator they need and Miller erases the goalie issue, which to be fair, seemed like kind of a good problem to have if you gotta have a problem.

Posted by awould on 03/01/14 at 02:22 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

I think this makes St Louis the favorite to win the Cup. It is the grit/agitator they need and Miller erases the goalie issue, which to be fair, seemed like kind of a good problem to have if you gotta have a problem.

well, first maybe they can find a way to get to the conference finals.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/01/14 at 09:01 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

I picked the Blues to win the Cup, this can’t hurt

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/01/14 at 09:19 AM ET

awould's avatar

well, first maybe they can find a way to get to the conference finals.

I assumed that was implied. Also, to be clear, I expect them to find their way to the ice rink on game nights.

Posted by awould on 03/01/14 at 10:24 AM ET

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Halak started off strong, but has slumped considerably for the last month.

Has he really?  In 12 starts his save percentage is .927 since the beginning of the year, and that includes on spoor start and one horrible game against the Devils in which he came in after Elliott was pulled and they both got shelled.  Take away that one game and his percentage has been .962 so To say he is slumping considerably would be a harsh and very undue criticism.

Seriously, in this 12 games he had two shutouts, four games in which he gave up one goal and two more times he only let in 2 goals.  Hard to criticize the job he’s doing.

Considerably slumping?  Yeah, sure…

Posted by Garth on 03/01/14 at 10:28 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Well, at least he gets to make those West Coast Swings through LA, ANA, and SJ to be near his wife more often.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 03/01/14 at 04:08 PM ET

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