The St. Louis Blues took a risk when they acquired goaltender Ryan Miller from the Buffalo Sabres. The Blues sent Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a first-round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2016 to the Sabres for Miller and Steve Ott.
Miller is set to become a free agent this summer and might have his sights set on joining a team out West.
From TSN’s Bob McKenzie:
The conventional wisdom among the hockey community is that one of the reasons Miller wants to wait until free agency on July 1 is to see if there’s any interest from the Anaheim Ducks. There was all sorts of speculation that the Ducks tried to make a trade with the Buffalo Sabres earlier this season for Miller, but that it fell through and they weren’t able to do it.
Miller’s wife is an actress. She does all sorts of work in Hollywood and the possibility of being on a California team might be something that is really good for Ryan Miller. So, we’ll wait and see where that goes.
The Blues are 10-2-1 since the trade and want to lockup Miller with a long-term contract. If the Blues make it to the Western Conference Finals or re-sign Miller, the third round pick in 2016 becomes a 2014 first-round selection.