Ryan Miller is 33, but the Buffalo Sabres goalie still has a lot of good years ahead of him in the NHL. In fact, it would make a lot of sense for Miller and the Detroit Red Wings if eventually he became the netminder for the team located in his home state of Michigan.
Having Ryan Miller in Detroit makes plenty of sense. He was a Hobey Baker award winner at Michigan State University and played frequently at Joe Louis Arena, the home of the Red Wings. Miller would obviously feel more comfortable in a Wings uniform. He would be a fan favorite. His younger brother Drew Miller plays for the Wings, but doesn’t have as near of an impact on the team as Ryan would if he wore the same uniform.
Miller is not going to play on a Stanley Cup winner in Buffalo even if he stayed in the league another 15 years. The Red Wings could use a goalie that will take them to the Stanley Cup title and while Jimmy Howard has emerged as a top-flight netminder, he doesn’t quite match up to Miller and what he could do for the Detroit franchise.
Getting Miller to Detroit would obviously mean departing with Howard and perhaps some draft choices, and maybe the Red Wings’ brass isn’t interested in that concept right now. They should think about it because Miller might give that extra edge that the Red Wings need in net to go all the way.
It wouldn’t be easy to put together such a deal that would be agreeable to all sides, but if Miller wants to play for a Stanley Cup champ before he retires and if Detroit wants another Cup within five years, then it’s logical that the former Spartan become a Red Wing.
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