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Time For Ryan Miller To Move On

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

Three years ago, he was the MVP of the Olympics and nearly carried the Americans to the gold medal against Canada. It was a heady time for Miller and for Buffalo. I felt Miller had arrived as one of the world’s elite goalies, capable of leading the Sabres on a long Stanley Cup ride.

In retrospect, it seems like an emotional overreaction. Miller’s star flickered soon enough. The Sabres haven’t won a playoff series since 2007. They’ve missed the playoffs two years in a row. The idea of Miller as the cornerstone of a championship franchise seems fanciful and dated.

Miller has played well enough this season. He has been the least of the Sabres’ troubles. His even-strength save percentage is roughly the same as it was when he won the Vezina in 2010. The defense in front of him has been dreadful. The specialty teams have been bad, and Miller’s numbers have suffered.

So there’s no point in keeping him around any longer. Miller was the most popular athlete in town for awhile. Now he’s the victim of a toxic environment, where disgruntled fans express their disdain in the only way they can.

It’s like a doomed marriage, where the parties try to reconcile but realize that a breakup is the best option. Even your friends know that starting over is best for everyone.

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Primis's avatar

Miller was probably too patient for his own good.  We’ve seen for years that he never was going to get any real help.  You can throw carloads of money at Ehrhoff and Regehr, but they weren’t ever going to be enough to fix them.

I know it’s popular to bash Miller and blame him, but really look at BUF’s track record & history, and realize what a mess they still are.  There’s a reason that in the end all the Sabre greats either leave in an ugly way or are run out of town (quick, name one single Sabre great in the past several decades that stayed and ended his career there gracefully).

Posted by Primis on 04/21/13 at 11:21 AM ET

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