Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/06/13 at 10:37 AM ET
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
It’s very difficult to get your head around what the Sabres should do with Miller. I used this space a scant three weeks ago to say Miller should be traded immediately after he stood on his head to make 43 saves and then beat the Los Angeles Kings in shootout.
Of course, everything in Sabreland spun on its axis the next day with the firings of Darcy Regier and Ron Rolston.
Now you wonder. I’m open to the Sabres making Miller an offer and letting him decide his fate rather than just simply dumping him. But only a limited offer.
Remember, the Sabres aren’t clearly tanking anymore like they were under Regier. They’re just not very good. Big difference. The mood in the locker room is better and Pat LaFontaine means instant credibility in hockey circles.
Then antennas went up everywhere Wednesday when interim coach Ted Nolan said he wanted to build around Miller and not use him as an asset to deal.
The Sabres have been built from the net out for basically the last 20 years. And you can’t say it hasn’t gotten them places with Miller or Dominik Hasek.
Still, I don’t entirely agree with Nolan either. How about building with guys who can actually put the puck in the net? And I’m talking a couple of real NHL players, and not just kids out of the draft.
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