If Ryan Miller Departs, Buffalo Sabres Could Be Set In Goal

By Randy Holt
Jhonas Enroth
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Much has been made about the future of Ryan Miller throughout this summer so far, though despite the initial speculation that the Buffalo Sabres would try and move him this summer, it hasn’t happened. Though, with only one year remaining on his contract, you have to wonder about his future with the organization.

Miller isn’t what he used to be, and while he might still be capable of playing at an elite level, we haven’t quite seen it in the last couple of years. An improved blue line should help, and if anything, it’ll help boost his trade value for the Sabres to move him at the trade deadline.

If the Sabres do look to move him, they could already have their contingency plan in place. They have a pair of goaltenders, one on the current club, and one in the AHL, that could provide a serviceable duo, and perhaps even give the Sabres a strong 1-2 punch between the pipes.

Jhonas Enroth is the obvious replacement for Miller if he’s dealt. The young netminder recently agreed to a new two-year contract with the Sabres, worth $1.25 million a year. In the event that Miller is traded, he’ll have the opportunity to prove himself as the no. 1 guy in net.

But don’t count out Matt Hackett either. He’s a young goaltender with pretty good upside, who the Sabres just locked up for this year on a one-year contract. He has decent size in net and moves pretty well. It’ll be interesting to see what his upside ends up being. But he’s flashed some serious potential in limited action.

Point is, that in the event that the Sabres do eventually deal Miller, or even if he leaves in free agency, it appears that they could be set in goal. Whether it’s a long term solution remains to be seen, but it would be an intriguing situation, rolling with those two goalies if Miller departs.

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