The St. Louis Blues have been a team that has not been able to get over the playoff hump the last couple of years. With their front office sensing that they are close to making a run, they were going to be very active before the trade deadline. But the Blues did more then just make a move — they made a huge splash by trading for Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.
Everyone knew that Miller was going to get moved before the trade deadline, and it was just a question of where. He has been in trade rumors for over a year and a half. Some of the many teams that were linked to wanting Miller were the Blues, Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders.
But Miller was finally moved on Friday and the Blues were the team to pull the trigger. According to all the reports, Jaroslav Halak is heading to the Sabres. Along with Miller, Sabres captain Steve Ott is heading to the Blues. Forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a first-round pick in 2015 and a third-round pick in 2016 will be going to the Sabres.
The main star of this deal is Miller. He would be a consistent Vezina trophy candidate if it wasn’t for the fact that the Sabres were so bad. The Blues have had inconsistent goaltending over the past few years, and that has been holding them back from being a Stanley Cup contender.
The NHL trade deadline is less than a week away, but the first major deal has been made. The Blues made an awesome deal and have put themselves in a good position to contend in May.