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December 4, 2013 | 1:01pm ET
Sabres hoping Miller stays

As much as it looks like veteran star netminder Ryan Miller's days with Buffalo are coming to an end, the Sabres are hoping they can convince him to stay.

Miller, 33, is in the final-year of a five-year, $31.25 million contract and can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

It has been widely speculated that Miller wants to play elsewhere next season and does not plan on signing an extension with the Sabres.

The Sabres have fielded a number of calls and offers for Miller, who has a limited no-trade clause and can list up to eight teams he will not accept a trade to, but they aren't rushing a trade.

Since firing head coach Ron Rolston and GM Darcy Regier last month, the Sabres are hoping the team's new figureheads -- interim coach Ted Nolan and President of Hockey Operations Pat LaFontaine -- can change things around in Buffalo, and Nolan hopes Miller is taking notice.

"You build around him versus using him as a pawn to try to get something to try to make you better," Nolan said of Miller, speaking to WGR Sports Radio 550 Sabres Reporter Paul Hamilton, who released the quotes via Twitter.

"I talked to Pat about this, the one thing we want to do is create an environment where people want to come here and stay here, so hopefully Miller likes what we're doing and you never know."

As Miller lives just outside of Los Angeles during the off-season with his wife, actress Noureen DeWulf, it's believed Miller prefers to play out West.

Miller has been linked to the Anaheim Ducks, who have taken calls for goalie Jonas Hiller, not just as a trade possibility, but as a long-term possibility.

For now, trade talks haven't been overly serious, as the Sabres continue their search for a new General Manager. Once that post has been filled, it's believed calls will pick up.

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