There have been many things said about Marc-Andre Fleury‘s performance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but his dominance in the regular season is still as evident as ever.
He was the best player on the ice when the Buffalo Sabres hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. Fleury will not be heading to Sochi to play for Canada next week, which probably has to do with his abysmal track record since winning the Cup in 2009. Still, it’s hard to acknowledge how great he has been this year.
Fleury stopped all but one of the 25 shots he faced, including several key stops that kept the Sabres from getting back into the game in the first period. He picked up his 31st win of the season, which leads the league. The Sabres came out of the gate with all guns blazing, but once the Penguins found their legs, they were completely outmatched. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin both found the back of the net in the second period.
This could be the last time Ryan Miller starts for the Sabres. Jonas Enroth is likely to get the start when the team gets right back on the ice against the Ottawa Senators tomorrow night, which will be the last game before the Olympic break. The general consensus around the league is that Miller could be moved before the trade deadline, and even before the roster freeze kicks in for the break.
While there are no specific details available on where he will go or who is interested, his UFA status coupled with Buffalo’s rebuilding nature all but assures he’ll be wearing a new uniform in a couple of weeks.
Regardless of when he moves and where he moves to, Miller will be a welcome addition to that team. He deserves it. He’ll no longer be held out to dry and get lit up for five goals while he’s doing his best to keep an awful team in games. The fact he is still has an above-average SV% is a testament to his talent, and the Sabres owe it to him to trade him to a place he can really thrive.