NHL Rumors II: Ryan Miller and Goalie Market – Who Is Available and Who Could Be Looking For A Goalie

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Brian Elliott’s three-year, $7.5 million deal and Jake Allen set to play in the NHL next year, means that they won’t be bringing Ryan Miller back.

    “At the trade deadline, we took a calculated gamble of bringing in Ryan and we didn’t have the success that we needed as an organization … certainly not all reflective on Ryan,” Armstrong said. “It’s a team game and as an organization we are responsible.

    “But it was additional payments necessary to Buffalo if we signed Ryan. That would have been basically moving back a full round in the draft … and we just felt at this time, it was better for us to go with Elliott and Jake Allen.”

    Blues GM Doug Armstrong met with Miller last week to him know their decision.

  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Blues-Sabres trade is basically finalized now: Miller and Steve Ott for Chris Stewart, Jaroslav Halak, William Carrier, 2015 1st round pick and a 2016 3rd round pick. There are two conditions that could change the deal if the Blues decide to trade Miller’s rights.

    If St. Louis trades Miller prior to the June 27 draft, the deal becomes the following: Buffalo sends Miller, Ott, a 2014 second-round pick originally belonging to Minnesota and a 2014 third-rounder to St. Louis for Stewart, Halak, Carrier, the 2015 first-rounder, the 2016 third-round selection plus a 2014 first-round pick.

    If St. Louis trades Miller after it makes its first-round pick and before the start of free agency July 1, the trade finalizes as Miller and Ott to the Blues for Stewart, Halak, Carrier, the 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 second-round selection.

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: The Sharks could look at trading Antti Niemi and signing Ryan Miller. Miller could be looking to get between $5 and $6 million a year, but that number may drop after his playoff performance. The Sharks may not want to go more than two or three years.
  • Mike Brehm of USA Today: Ryan Miller now joins a goalie free agent market that includes: Jaroslav Halak, Jonas Hiller, Martin Brodeur, Tim Thomas, Evgeni Nabokov and Ilya Bryzgalov. Cam Ward may be on the trade block. The Ducks look to be going with Frederik Andersen and John Gibson next season. The Sharks could be looking for a new goalie, but would need to trade Antti Niemi first. The Canucks, Capitals and Penguins could be looking for goalie.
  • Lou Korac: Source said that the Blues and Ryan Miller talked contract extension, but Miller was asking for too much money.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Ryan Miller’s agent Mike Liut in an email: “The Blues were unwilling to wait until July to sign Ryan and need to address other concerns they have in their lineup.”
  • Greg Brady: Told yesterday that the Red Wings will “weigh options” with regards to Ryan Miller this off-season. There has always been interest. Jimmy Howard has five years left at $5.25 million. The Wings wouldn’t move him unless they could “upgrade” him. Brady thinks they could trade Howard. Brady doesn’t think the Wings are the front-runners.


  1. hankbemis

    May 20, 2014 at 11:01 am

    wouldn’t ya know it? howard trade rumors. now i have to look up who told me i was wrong when i said howard could be on the block! unfortunately i thought it would be for D with mrazek coming up to fill the position.

  2. Chris

    May 20, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Not sure what Miller thinks he’s going to get on the open market. He’s not a proven winner and his best years are behind him. That list of UFAs shows that it’s a buyer’s market this summer.

  3. hotwings

    May 20, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    miller in san jose seems likely since he wants to be in LA… van prob not, since he is too mentally weak to deal with a major Canadian media market.

  4. ChrisB

    May 20, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Yea, I don’t think I’ve ever heard any Howard rumours, at least not from the media. Not sure how connected this Greg Brady guy is, but IMO, it’d be much more believable if it was coming from Khan or St. James. Purely speculation at this point.

    Considering Howard has a NMC, it would be up to him, anyway.

  5. Mark Easson

    May 20, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Brady is a morning radio guy on the Fan 590 in Toronto. Came from the Detroit area I think.

  6. Chris

    May 20, 2014 at 3:17 pm


    Good call on Miller to San Jose. He’ll need to drop those demands though (if it’s true that he’s looking for the big dollars)

  7. ChrisB

    May 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Yea, I googled him. I’ve never heard of him, so wasn’t sure how legit he is. still not sure. I live across from Detroit, and follow Wings news pretty closely. Not to mention, I love dissecting rumours, no matter the player or team involved.

    Found this on a Wings fan page though, along with the “weighing options” tweet:

    – Greg Brady ‏@bradyfan590 9 min
    DRW front office weighed Howard (plus picks) for Miller deal at deadline this season & couldn’t come to terms on a deal before STL got him. –

    This is the first I’ve heard of it, although I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if it was true. I just think, something like that would have leaked by now. At the very least to the Detroit sports media. Which is the only reason I’m questioning the guy.

    That being said, while I’m sure the Wings will be weighing their options regarding Howard, as any team should, if it means upgrading a position(personally, I don’t find Miller much of an upgrade, if any), I think they’ll be looking to address their D and wing more than goal. Holland touched on that specifically in his off season presser.

  8. Alex

    May 21, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Any chance the wings send Howard to the Oilers for Gagner? Then they could sign Miller to a couple year deal.

  9. Canucks fan

    May 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    @Alex the Wings off the top of my head are very close to the cap therefore bringing in Gagner could be tough

  10. Alex

    May 21, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    @Canucks fan Howard has a $5mil cap hit and they will have roughly $20mil to spend this offseason (probably like $12 after resigning guys).

  11. ChrisB

    May 21, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Detroit has cap space. Gagner isn’t the type of forward they need. He’s a playmaker, Wings need a goalscorer. Or two. IMO, if we they do end up trading Howard, it won’t be for a forward, it’ll be to address their D. That’s their most pressing need, right now. Even then, that’s only if they can sign a Miller or Hiller.

  12. billy

    May 22, 2014 at 1:01 am

    What about Franzen and Kindl for Kesler and Edler (or Bieksa)? could even throw in the rights to cleary, samuelsson and tootoo.

    how about the rights to cleary, samuelsson, and tootoo for the rights to subban?

  13. billy

    May 22, 2014 at 1:03 am

    or franzen and kindl for bobby ryan and karlsson?

  14. Colin N.

    May 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    You can go ahead an remove Halak from this list. Great signing by Snow