Huge trade – Miller to the Blues

The first major trade domino has fallen.

Ryan Miller and Steve Ott have been traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, a first-round draft pick in 2015 and a third-round draft pick in 2016.

The Sabres scratched both Miller and team captain Ott ahead of Friday night’s home game against the San Jose Sharks. Neither player was on the ice for the team’s warm-up at the First Niagara Center.

The Sabres currently sit last in the NHL with a 17-34-8 record and are believed to be poised to move several veteran pieces in an effort to add future assets.

Both Miller and Ott will join the Blues in Phoenix and are expected to be available for Sunday’s game against the Coyotes.

19 Responses to Huge trade – Miller to the Blues

  1. LN91 says:

    The real winner of this trade is the Leafs…

    No more Ryan Miller. Woohoo.

    • doorman says:

      No kidding, he owned us. Good pick for the Blues, not quite as much as I thought they might get to be honest.

      • LN91 says:

        Yeah, I think it was a very good day for the Blues…Picked up a very, very good goalie. Also, picked up a hard-working/leader type player in Ott. This could be a great deal for them.

        Also, they did not give up much…No sacrifice of top-prospects like Tasarenko, Schwartz, or Ty Rattie. Or…One of their top-players (Stewart is good, but expendable on that squad).

      • leafs_wallace93 says:

        Buffalo has done better than most sellers, I like that they take back a Moulson or Halak to replace the talent they push out along with picks.

        Makes me wonder if the Leafs are interest in Myers with they could start a package with Franson, a 1st, add a prospect…

        Not crazy about Myers wouldn’t want to over pay but this is a supposedly a weak draft class.

  2. lafleur10 says:

    WHAT AN AWESOME GAME TONIGHT! wow that was an amazing game!

    • leafmeister says:

      Was it ever. These two teams always bring it.

      Can’t help but feel that was a totally weak penalty to be called in overtime, although I acknowledge it was a proper application of the rules. Seemed like a quick whistle and then a penalty. Not gonna blame the refs though, the Leafs slept through over half the first. Hard to win when you play 45 minutes of a 60 minute game.

      JVR-Bozak-Kessel. My god. Starting next year, their total salaries will be 16.5 million. For what has become a top 3 line in the NHL, that is pretty darn good.

      I really wanna face the Habs in the playoffs. Of all the teams they could possibly face, I think they have the best chance against the Habs, and they have that really nice quality of not being the Boston Bruins.

  3. lafleur10 says:

    well if it ended now you guys would play the bruins! i love when our 2 teams play the games are always exciting that top line of yours is very,very good they are fast they are definately a top 3 line in the league , kessel has that wrist shot that is dynamite i’d love to see us meet in the 1st rd of the playoffs…hasn’t happend since 78 (you probably don’t remember that) lol i do that was our last meeting in the playoffs and it’s a travesty that we haven’t met since then almost happend in 93 i think if you guys played us in the 1st rd i like our chances to beat you guys price would be the difference
    pacioretty is a beast for us he’s an amazing power forward and is a lgit threat to score every time . the call in o.t. was weak but it was definately the correct call…like i said you can’t leave pacioretty that open or he’ll make you pay!that rielly kid for you guys is a absolute stud! i see a norris in his future

  4. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Does JVR remind anyone of John Leclaire or is it just me?

    • lafleur10 says:

      i think it’s just you…pacioretty is more like leclair

    • leafmeister says:

      He is a star, that is for sure. For a guy who produces most of his goals in tight, the guy has great speed. He absolutely burned Subban for that shorty.

      • leafs_wallace93 says:

        He uses his size to box out and has great hands like Leclaire IMO, also their career arcs are similar in that Leclaire struggled to break out while showing promise in his early years.

        • TmLeafan says:

          Ya I see the comparison. JVR is a better skater though. I believe that JVR is possibly the best player in the league in front of the net with his hands and his size. Only one I can think of that compares is Corey Perry who makes twice as much money. We are lucky to have him.

          We need to make a move this summer. Have Kessel and JVR in their primes its the time to go for it.

        • leafmeister says:

          He is the perfect compliment to Kessel, but I think people fail to appreciate how good a player he is on his own, and his importance to Kessel’s success. He is in on so many goals that he gets no points for with his net presence, and is actually a pretty underrated play maker. Plus he plays on both special teams, and has pretty good two way instincts.

          Also, he has a knack for scoring against the Habs.

          • TmLeafan says:

            Ya he can do it all.It is pretty remarkable even when the top line is not looking at their best they are still able to score 3 goals like they did last night. Could have been more with Kessel missing an open net and then being absolutely robbed on a great feed on the pp by JVR.

            On the subject of going for it I think I am warming up to the idea of dealing Gardiner. He seems to be slower this year than he normally is. He always used to beat the forecheckers to the puck wheel up ice and make a play. Now he is getting beat to the puck and losing battles along the boards and then we are pinned. Also wouldnt mind seeing Franson and Reimer dealt. Should be an interesting summer and think with some smart moves we could really contend next season.

            • leafmeister says:

              Another encouraging thing about JVR is that his shooting % this year is the same as his career average, which suggests this year is not an anomaly. Calling it a career year is likely inaccurate; it is more likely a break out year.

  5. leafmeister says:

    The Leafs are wasting such huge offensive efforts from Kessel/JVR. They have been scoring such important goals when the games are on the line, and the Leafs are blowing the leads. They really need defensive help.

    • lafleur10 says:

      i think jvr is so upset that he didn’t win a medal in the winter olympics…..he wanted to show the us national team that he’ll compete for them in the diving competion(in the summer olympics) and win a gold for his performance last night!

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