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by Paul on 09/12/13 at 08:34 AM ET
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Miller apparently will remain in Buffalo through the start of the regular season. General Manager Darcy Regier says the trade window is closed throughout the NHL, so Thomas Vanek and Miller should be wearing Blue and Gold when the puck drops Oct. 2.
“The season begins and talks start again,” Regier said. “We’re approaching it from the standpoint of Ryan’s here, Thomas is here, they’re both in the last year of their deals like a lot of other players in the National Hockey League, and they’re ready to go to work.”
Miller is also ready for incessant trade speculation. Neither he nor Vanek wants an extension at the moment, instead opting to see how the Sabres perform before deciding their free agent fate. The trade talk could continue for a while since deals for goaltenders are uncommon, especially during the season, and not many teams have room for a $6.25 million player.
“If you play long enough, you’re going to have this kind of discussion surround you at some point,” Miller said. “I have to be professional enough to just do the job. I’m able to do a job in a city I’m familiar with and a city I’m pretty much at home. I feel like I’m in a good place.
“I have a lot of goals that I want to accomplish, and a lot of it revolves around me playing good hockey. That’s always the case every year. I’m just trying to approach it that way. It’s another year to play NHL hockey, and that’s a good thing.”
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