It is contract year for Buffalo Sabres star goaltender Ryan Miller who apparently has had a downturn in his play in the last two seasons. Also given the Sabres history, they go through star goaltenders about every eight or nine years, as they did with Dominik Hasek. After 2000, Hasek left and went to the Detroit Red Wings and that same season, the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup.
History has a fun way of repeating itself, more so in the sports world and this likely will not be an exception to the rule, however one big difference, the Red Wings is on the list of teams that aren’t on his “No-trade Clause”. They are likely on that list due to him being from there and also his brother, Drew plays for them as well. While it’s unlikely the Sabres just let him just walk, Sabres GM Darcy Regier could do a sign and trade and get ideally a high end player from Detroit and a few early round draft picks. That seems to be what the team has done lately with their other big names such as Jason Pominville and Andrej Sekera to name a couple of names that have been dealt away in 2013 as they are apparently in full team rebuild mode.
All and all, it will be interesting to see what happens with the Buffalo Sabres, Ryan Miller and the future of the franchise especially if he is sent packing or extended and made a Sabre for life.