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Report- High Asking Price For Ryan Miller

via Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

The asking price for Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller (who's playing fantastic right now)? Two first-round and one second-round draft picks, according to Hockey Central's insiders.
Yikes. Granted, Miller is on top of his game and has the experience to take a team on a deep playoff run, but two firsts and a second for a player who can walk in July is too much to pay.

Also worth noting that contract negotiations between star defencemen Dion Phaneuf and P.K. Subban and their respective clubs is underway.

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awould's avatar

Wow. You’d think Buffalo would be interested in getting anything for Miller considering he’s walking in the summer and they’ll get nothing. I’m sure the asking price will come down once the rubber hits the road, but this is a pretty ridiculous opening.

Posted by awould on 11/13/13 at 01:38 PM ET

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They got a first, a second and a roster player in return for Vanek, why start with a lower asking price than that?

Posted by Garth on 11/13/13 at 01:43 PM ET

awould's avatar

good point. that’s crazy too.

Posted by awould on 11/13/13 at 02:08 PM ET

Ajax19's avatar

That doesn’t seem like an outrageous asking price.  You have to start somewhere.  I think there are a few hurdles to get over: 

1)  Miller’s no trade clause/his list of teams.

2)  Miller is a UFA this year

3) Playoff teams or potential playoff teams needing a goalie.  Because of his UFA status, Miller can only be depended upon to be a one year rental.  Sure, he’s a good goalie, but how many current/expected playoffs teams really need help in goal?  Most teams have an established goalie already.  Miller is likely an upgrade for some, but is he big enough an upgrade to trade away all of those picks?

The teams that need help in goal aren’t likely to make the playoffs and are, therefore, more likely to value the high picks than half a year of Ryan Miller.

East
Tampa Bay - Seems to have found the answer with Bishop
Boston - Is set with Rask
Detroit - Is set with Howard
Toronto - IS set with Bernier/Reimer
Montreal - Is set with Price
Pittsburgh - Is set with Fleury until the playoffs begin
Washington - They could use an upgrade
Rangers - Lundquist

West
Colorado - Seems to be set with Varlamov (who they traded a 1st rounder for)
Chicago - Set with Crawford
St. Louis - Halak seems to be the guy
Anaheim - Fasth/Hiller/Gibson (incoming)
Phoenix - Mike Smith
San Jose - Niemi has been good for them
Vancouver - Luongo (no need to create another circus there)
Minnesota - Backstrom
Los Angeles - Quick (assuming his injury isn’t serious)

The borderline teams also are kind of good in net.  Yes, Miller could be an upgrade in some of those situations, but is he a big enough upgrade to justify the cost?

4)  Cap space.  Even if one of the potential/expected playoffs teams determined that Miller was enough of an upgrade to be worth the asking price, there aren’t that many teams with a lot of extra cap space.  As a result, Buffalo would either need to eat some of his salary and/or (most likely “and”) take a player in exchange.  Then the asking price does start to seem quite high.

It’s going to be a tough go.

Posted by Ajax19 on 11/13/13 at 02:11 PM ET

Laran's avatar

Pittsburgh, Washington, Minnesota, Long Island, Carolina and Nashville.  All would see great benefit from a goalie like Miller.

Cap space won’t be near as big a factor late in the season around trade deadline.

A deal will get done.  It’s not as difficult a situation as some people make it out to be.

Posted by Laran on 11/13/13 at 04:49 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Pretty sure you can take Minnesota off the list of teams who would find Miller to be an upgrade in net ...

Posted by SK77 on 11/13/13 at 06:35 PM ET

Laran's avatar

I was under the impression Backstrom’s knee injury was more serious than it is.  I’m sure Harding’s number are going to come back to reality as well.  If they can stay healthy they won’t need the help.

Posted by Laran on 11/13/13 at 06:55 PM ET

SK77's avatar

I was under the impression Backstrom’s knee injury was more serious than it is. 

Posted by Laran on 11/13/13 at 06:55 PM ET

Wrong impression … Backstrom’s playing against the Leafs as I type this.

That’s a pretty decent platoon to work with. One always seems to be on a roll.

Posted by SK77 on 11/13/13 at 07:43 PM ET

Laran's avatar

Yes thank you I know. That’s why I stated as such lol

Posted by Laran on 11/13/13 at 07:46 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Sorry, misread what you wrote there.

MIght not matter after that hit Kadri just threw on Backstrom ….

Posted by SK77 on 11/13/13 at 08:36 PM ET

Laran's avatar

haha agreed.

Posted by Laran on 11/13/13 at 08:38 PM ET

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