NHL Rumors: Miller, Blues, Stars, Flames and Hurricanes

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues Ryan Miller on what his next few days and weeks will be like:

    “I don’t know,” he said. “Just have to take them as they come now. I guess I’m free to go to my sister-in-law’s wedding. That’s about it.”

    Miller said that contract extension talks with the Blues have never become “very serious.” Added that he wouldn’t mind staying.

    “We’re through with the hockey part now, and we’ll have to see where we’re at, see how they feel about me,” Miller said. “I definitely like St. Louis. Like the guys, like the team, but we’ll see what they feel about the playoffs.”

  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Gordon thinks the Blues should hand the crease over to Jake Allen, re-sign Brian Elliott to be the backup and let Miller walk. Re-sign Steve Ott but not for a lot of money or term. Give Ken Hitchcock at least one more year. If Patrik Berglund is willing to re-sign for moderate third line money, then they should consider it. If Berglund is looking for bigger money, they should look at trading him. The Blues don’t need to get into a free agent bidding war for Paul Stastny. Magnus Paajarvi, Dmitrij Jaskin and Ty Rattie should get opportunities to make the team next year.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance suggests some moves that might help out the Blues for next season.

    1. Hand the goalie keys to Jake Allen – use Allen instead of re-signing Ryan Miller and use that money elsewhere. Sign a veteran backup, possibly re-signing Brian Elliott. Jonas Hiller would make some sense at a reasonable price and term.

    2. Sign Paul Stastny – if he hits the open market. Derek Roy ($4 million) and Brenden Morrow ($1.5 million) are coming off the books. Use Vladimir Sobotka as their 3rd line center.

    3. Make r0om for Dmitrij Jaskin – they could look at bring Steve Ott back, but they need to continue playing some of their young guys, like they did this year with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance suggests some moves that might help out the Stars for next season.

    1. Construct a legitimate second line to ease pressure on the top line – Ray Whitney ($4.5 million) will come off the books. Rich Peverley ($3.25 million) health is not known. They may need to look at some free agent wingers to help with scoring.

    2. Add another veteran defenseman – need to add at least one more veteran.

    3. Trade Sergei Gonchar – he makes $5 million next season, so the Stars may have to eat some of his contract.

  • The Fourth Period: The Calgary Herald suggested that the Flames could consider buying out defenseman Dennis Wideman, though it would be costly. The Flames will continue to try to re-sign Mike Cammalleri. A source said that Cammalleri is likely to test the free agent market.
  • Mike Sundheim: The Hurricanes will hold a hockey operations news conference at noon today. John Shannon: Hearing that Hurricanes announcing Ron Francis will replace Jim Rutherford as GM.


  1. Andrew

    04/28/2014 at 12:13 pm

    What are your ideas on where miller will land? Will he sign with STL or will they decided to go with jake allen? I see that as the most likely route to be taken with miller finding a new team at the start of next season. Who would even be in the running? To me NYI, VAN, DET, ANA, or even back to BUF seem reasonable choices. Depending on who resigns maybe MIN or WAS. Miller seems like a guy who wants more than money. He wants to play to win. He wants to be on a competitive team. The problem is finding that team who has everything but the goalie. I thought that was clearly STL and look how that turned out. If hiller goes to NYI i say ANA locks up miller no doubt. But if they decided to stick with hiller and anderson, who has the money, need, and the team to sign a guy like miller? My prediction is that miller signs a 4 year deal with ANA after they don’t resign hiller and he gets a fat contract from snow and the NYI

  2. EastCoastHockeyFan

    04/28/2014 at 1:04 pm

    Im still laughing at everyone that blame blues exit on miller, i did have the blues picked to go to the west finals before the play offs BUT that being said, Chicago was a tough match up and they out played st louis end of story. that said, i like the idea of them giving the kid a shot let Allen have his shot at the number 1 seat next year. as to where Miller could land…. the teams with the need AND buget are very very limited. add that to the fact he supposedly wants to play in the west, on a contender and not in canada… that leaves that list even shorter Ducks have Andersen and Gibson locked and hiller if they want to bring him back. l.a. has Quick and Jones, sharks have niemi, and phoenix has smith so unless there are other goal moves he may have to start to bend on what his demands might be

  3. Steven

    04/28/2014 at 5:22 pm

    Anaheim should offer Miller a 2-3 year deal. Hiller is gone after the playoffs, Gibson can use 1 more year in the AHL, and Andersen can split the starting job with Miller next year. He can then start getting more starts the next year with Miller being the 1B goalie and Gibson comes up the third year with Andersen being the clear starter after Miller either leaves or we trade him, depending on the length. (I think that I worded that correctly.)

  4. Chris

    04/29/2014 at 8:36 am

    Chicago are as close to a dynasty as you can get. If they win the Cup again then that’s 3 cups in 4 years and I’d say that qualifies as a dynasty.

    Blowing your team up because you lost to a team that could end up being the first dynasty since the Oilers in the 80s is shortsighted.