Buffalo Sabres Offseason Update: Ryan Miller Favorite for Messier Award

June 3rd, 2010 by Matthew Hogan Leave a reply »

Shortly before Wednesday’s Stanley Cup Final Game 3, Mark Messier formally announced the three finalists for a trophy in his honor: The Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.

Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres were selected as the three players “who exemplify great leadership qualities to their team, on and off the ice during the regular season.”

Miller is up against two incredible opponents, but he has to be the favorite.

On ice, the 2009-10 regular season was Miller’s best season to date.

The 29-year-old finished second in the league in goals-against average (2.22) and save percentage (.929), and fourth in wins with 41—all three statistics are career-highs. He also almost single-handedly led the Sabres to their first Northeast Division crown since the 2006-07 season.


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