It’s looking more and more like the Sabres will trade star goalie Ryan Miller 0
Talk is growing that the Sabres will trade Ryan Miller — and there are some who think it will happen before the Olympic break. USA Today Sports.
Ryan Miller’s days in Buffalo are likely numbered.
While Sabres general manager Tim Murray is still trying to get the lay of land after taking over the post earlier this month, the whispers are getting louder that Miller won’t be sticking around after the trade deadline and there’s a school of thought he could be gone before the Olympic break.
The number of teams in the market for a goalie is limited though, which means Murray may not have many options. The St. Louis Blues have been mentioned, but GM Doug Armstrong has emphatically backed goalie Jaroslav Halak.
One possible landing spot is the Minnesota Wild and there may be interest there from general manager Chuck Fletcher. Goaltender Josh Harding is sidelined indefinitely because of complications with his MS and the Wild are in a race for the playoffs.
If the asking price is reasonable, they might be willing pay what it takes to get Miller if he wants to go there. They would probably want the chance to negotiate with him, though, because the asking price will likely be a player, prospect and pick. While Murray may still try to sign Miller a trade seems more likely.
THIS ’N’ THAT
George McPhee might finally be feeling the heat. After 17 years on the job and being virtually untouchable, the blame for this season’s struggles may land firmly on the shoulders of the Washington Capitals GM. While many will believe a McPhee firing only when they see it — because everyone has heard this before — league sources say he has been frantically calling rival GMs to see if he can make a deal to get his club back on track quickly. McPhee’s contract is up at the end of the year, if the Caps don’t make the playoffs or have a good showing, you have to wonder if he’s going to be back because not many GMs have lame-duck status. Now, Martin Erat has asked for a trade, and he’s not the only Caps’ player who wants out: Goalie Michal Neuvirth also wants to be dealt ... Coyotes GM Don Maloney has been getting calls on leading scorer Radim Vrbata. A decision on the winger won’t be made until Phoenix has a better idea if he wants to re-sign or the club is legitimately out of the playoff race by the next month’s Olympic break ... Keep hearing the Montreal Canadiens have been floating captain Brian Gionta’s name. That won’t go away.
OFF THE GLASS
The Flames have held talks with centre Mike Cammalleri to see he wants to follow in the footsteps of Matt Stajan, who signed a four-year, $14.5 million extension with Calgary last week. Cammalleri will have to decide how much he wants to stay with the Flames because he would stand to make a lot on the open market and would be forced to take less with Calgary ... With the Olympic roster freeze set to go into effect Feb. 7 at 11:59 p.m., several league executives believe there may be a flurry of activity. “A lot of teams are nervous,” a league executive told Insider Trading. “I really think there are some teams that are in playoff races that want to make changes. You have to think there’s going to be some trades before players going to the Olympics because teams aren’t going to want to wait until March 5 to position themselves.” A lot of the teams at the top of the standings — Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and San Jose — want to be active, but thus far the movement has been limited. “There’s lots of talk,” said the executive ... The Isles would like to keep left winger Thomas Vanek but if he doesn’t re-sign before March 5 at 3 p.m. then he’ll be moved. Several teams have contacted GM Garth Snow and he has dismissed all offers.
RUMOURS DU JOUR
Keep an eye on the Winnipeg Jets because we’ve been told by league sources that GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has been actively working the phones. Yes, the Jets are on the road to respectability under coach Paul Maurice, but that doesn’t mean Winnipeg doesn’t want to change its roster. Cheveldayoff hasn’t been pleased with how the club has performed and has spoken to several teams about a possible deal. The three trade targets on the Jets are: wingers Andrew Ladd and Evander Kane, and defenceman Dustin Byfuglien. Have been led to believe that not all three of those guys will be dealt and that the Jets will only play the trade chip with one of those three guys. This should be interesting to watch ... Dallas general manager Jim Nill will have to decide what direction he wants to take at the deadline. Several teams have called to express interest in centre Ray Whitney — including Phoenix, Los Angeles and Vancouver — while centre Vernon Fiddler is another guy who could be on move ... After dealing defenceman Michael Del Zotto, the next Ranger out the door could be blueliner Dan Girardi. He isn’t close to signing ... The name of Toronto centre Nazem Kadri remains on the trade market because of the emergence of Peter Holland. That would be a big deal for the Leafs to make.
Have a nice Sunday.
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