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March 29, 2013 | 5:40pm ET
Are Miller's days numbered in Buffalo?
TheFourthPeriod.com

A couple of weeks ago, Sportsnet's Nick Kypreros reported that Ryan Miller's "days are numbered in Buffalo."

Kyperos went on, however, to point out that the number of days could be fairly high with a move coming in the summer or even next season.

In the weeks since that report, Miller has continued to be the subject of much trade talk and now, as the April 3 trade deadline nears, speculation seems to suggest that the 32-year-old goaltender could be moved even sooner than we thought.

So far, this season hasn't exactly been peaches and cream for the Sabres. It seems inevitable that they are going to have to make some big changes going forward.

They already went separate ways with head coach, Lindy Ruff. Now, is it time for them to part ways with their longtime, No. 1 goaltender?

For some, the idea of moving Miller might seem ridiculous. There have been many times when the netminder has appeared to be one of the only bright spots for the struggling team.

With a .911 save percentage and a 2.91 goals-against-average, Miller certainly hasn't put up his best numbers this season. Nonetheless, he is still an elite goaltender, and perhaps all he needs is a better team behind him.

Miller has one-year remaining on his contract, with an annual cap hit of $6.25 million. Additionally, Miller has some trade protection and according to CapGeek.com has a list of eight teams he will not accept a trade to. That leaves 21 options for the Sabres to explore.

There should be willing takers if Miller is indeed on the market. Right now, the hot rumor links him with the Tampa Bay Lighting. With a silver medal and Vezina Trophy on his record, Miller is going to want to go somewhere where he can win.

While Buffalo would have a hard time letting Miller go, it might be the best option for the team if they want to focus on rebuilding. Furthermore, it would give Miller a chance at the Stanley Cup.

Is Ryan Miller's time in Buffalo nearing its end? It looks like we're just going to have to wait and see.


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