Fans of the Buffalo Sabres are fearing that goaltender Ryan Miller will not be on the team either after the March trade deadline or when free agency starts in July. That is probably a legitimate concern, but it is not a reason for fans to panic. In 2014, the free agency options in goal are going to be much more robust than they have been in a long time. If Miller goes, the Sabres still have plenty of chances to grab their goalie of the future.
Jonas Hiller – Anaheim Ducks
Are the Ducks ready to give the starting job to Viktor Fasth and save a few million dollars per year? Indications are that Fasth has not been able to maintain the momentum he built up with his great performance last season, but the Ducks could be playing Hiller more frequently to see if they can get something for him in a trade. Hiller is a top goalie and would be a good fit in Buffalo.
Jaroslav Halak – St. Louis Blues
Halak will probably get a huge contract offer from the Blues, but he may also want to check out the free agent waters as well. Halak has had injury problems in the past, but he can be an elite goalie if he can stay healthy. Halak seems to excel when it comes time for the playoffs, and that is exactly what the Sabres need.
Ben Scrivens – Edmonton Oilers
The Los Angeles Kings solved their problem of one too many goalies by trading Scrivens to the Oilers. Scrivens could be exactly what the Oilers need, but Edmonton may not be the place that Scrivens wants to be. Edmonton has a habit of being unpredictable with their free agent offers and if Buffalo outbids the Oilers, Scrivens could be the Sabres’ goalie of the future.
The Sabres also have several prospects in the organization that are considered to be NHL material as well. Matt Hackett, Connor Knapp and Nathan Lieuwen are just three of the goalies in the Buffalo farm system would could step in next season if Miller decides to leave town.