The Significance of Sabres’ Ryan Miller

November 17th, 2009 by Chris Hoy Leave a reply »

There are many stories floating around about Ryan Miller these days, especially since he has been named the Third Star of the Week by the NHL. I’m not here to say that they’re undeserved, so don’t get the wrong idea. He leads the league in wins, GAA, and save percentage, so any accolades that come his way are well earned.

From a Buffalo point of view, I’m here to address the question: Why is Ryan Miller so important?

Ladies and gentlemen of the Jury, I present my evidence.


Exhibit A – He is evidence that the front office made the right decisions the past few years.

The decisions to let Mike Grier and Jay McKee leave town back in 2006 were not popular among Sabres faithful. Marty Biron, Brian Campbell, Chris Drury, and Danny Briere leaving town over the course of the next couple dozen months or so nearly started a riot in Niagara Square. What did the Sabres brain trust do in response?

Re-sign Miller, Thomas Vanek, sign Craig Rivet, and draft Tyler Ennis, ...

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