Are the Blues looking at Miller?

Miller, 33, is in the final year of a five-year, $31.3 million contract with Buffalo, which may be inclined to move the netminder, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Blues are believed to be one of the teams that inquired about Miller last offseason, but it appears that that ship has sailed.

Perhaps complicating the situation now for any potential suitors is the fact that the Sabres recently fired general manager Darcy Regier and hired Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine to take over as president of hockey operations. LaFontaine quickly named Ted Nolan as interim head coach.

LaFontaine is in the process of hiring a GM, so in addition to the uncertainty of the team’s plans, there is currently no one with whom to negotiate a deal.

Regardless, the feeling in Buffalo is that the organization, which has created a buzz with the recent changes, can’t afford a complete collapse on the ice, something that is certainly possible without Miller.

The Blues, who would have salary-cap issues to deal with anyway by taking on Miller’s $6.25 million cap hit, don’t seem to be thinking along those lines any longer.