Trade rumors have circled Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres in recent days, but the goaltender who remains out of the lineup with an injury says he hasn't asked for a trade. Miller told reporters in Buffalo on Wednesday, however, than any such speculation is false.
"I've never in my time here talked to [head coach Lindy Ruff], [general manager Darcy Regier] or ownership about a trade. And they've never come to me asking for any options ... I have a long history here. I feel like I've grown up here. This is where I want to win. There's no better place to win.
The rumors first began off an Edmonton Journal report, which said Miller could be asking for a deal to a California-based team. Jim Matheson, a veteran reporter at that paper who typically has pretty reputable sources, mentioned that in his Sunday column.
We keep hearing that Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is out with a concussion and wouldn't mind if the Sabres traded him. His wife is a California-based actress, but the Los Angeles Kings have Jonathan Quick between the pipes. The Anaheim Ducks have Jonas Hiller as their starter and the San Jose Sharks seem happy with Antti Niemi in net. Buffalo needs a high-end centre, but they have holes elsewhere, too. I don't see a market in California for Miller, whose game has dropped off after his 2010 Olympics heroics in Vancouver.
Then there was this nugget buried by Buffalo News columnist Bucky Gleason in a column on Wednesday:
It could be, as a source contended before the game, related to a telephone call I hear they had regarding Ryan Miller on Monday about a possible swap for winger and three-time 30-goal scorer Bobby Ryan. It certainly makes sense, huh Jimbo?
Miller for Ryan? Well, that's a blockbuster rumor if you've ever heard one. Generally speaking, where there's smoke there's fire, especially when that smoke stretches to Edmonton from Buffalo, but Miller's statement really couldn't have been much more clear. He doesn't want to be traded, and as one of the best goaltenders in the game, it's unlikely the Sabres would deal him unless he really wanted out.
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