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April 10, 2013 | 9:38am ET
Miller gives them something to talk about
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Buffalo Sabres were certainly open for business around the NHL trade deadline.

Their three big moves, which shipped Jordan Leopold, Robyn Regher, and captain Jason Pominville out of Buffalo, signaled the official start of the team's rebuild.

As TFP reported last week, goaltender Ryan Miller and sniper Thomas Vanek, both of whom were mentioned in trade rumors as the deadline came and went, could be headed out this summer.

Speculation about Miller, specifically, has become especially prevalent, given that the Sabres received 23-year-old prospect-goalie, Matt Hackett, as part of the exchange for Pominville.

If Buffalo does plan to move Miller, he will likely move this summer prior to the NHL Draft in late June.

"You try to be professional and prepared," Miller told the Buffalo News. "What I was trying to do was put everything aside. Everything else can wait. Just try and be right here, right now. Play some hockey and see how it goes."

And it has been going pretty well.

Prior to the trade deadline, Miller wasn't posting such good numbers. In a 2-5-4 slump, he had recorded a .902 save percentage and 3.02 goals-against-average.

In the last three games, however, Miller has stopped 91 of 96 shots, recording a .948 save percentage and 1.62 goals-against-average. These could be Miller's last games in Buffalo, and perhaps, he just wants to make them count.

In general, he has been good this season. Special teams have been a bit of a struggle, as they have with the whole team. In five-on-five play, on the other hand, he has .930 save percentage, which is actually ahead of the .928 he achieved in his Vezina Trophy season three years ago.

If Miller is indeed available this summer, he is bound to draw some attention. Several teams are reportedly interested in Miller, and he is definitely giving them something to talk about.


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