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by Paul on 02/06/14 at 08:59 AM ET
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Miller was the best player in Vancouver. He carried the Americans to the final game, became the name and face of USA Hockey and won the Vezina Trophy. Jonathan Quick emerged two years later when he took home the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after leading the Kings to the Stanley Cup.
Some wondered if there was a changing of the guard among U.S. goalies, and many expected the younger Quick to take over for Miller.
Bylsma was trying to not tip his hand Wednesday. Perhaps I read him wrong, or maybe he still hadn’t decided, but it sounded like he was leaning toward Miller. Bylsma could give each a turn in the first two matchups and see what happens. We’ll know more after the second game, against host Russia.
“I’ve been asked a lot of different ways, and I was asked a little differently in L.A.,” Bylsma said with a laugh. “There’s no question that Ryan Miller, by all accounts, was the best player maybe in the tournament in Vancouver. He backstopped the U.S. team to a gold-medal game. He was the biggest reason for that.
“Heck, I’m a Miller family fan. I grew up in Michigan. It’s not just Ryan’s face or name in USA or American hockey. Ryan certainly has been that. He’s had more than one USA mask on his face, and he certainly was that in 2010.”
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