NHL rumors: Ryan Miller 'being wooed' by Canucks in Vancouver
Ryan Miller is the cream of the thin goalie crop this summer with few potential landing spots. Vancouver is at the top of the list and reportedly the two are meeting in Vancouver.
When looking at the goaltending market, it would appear to be Ryan Miller and everybody else. The problem is he's still a No. 1 goaltender but there aren't many teams that are in need of one.
It's been difficult to find any potential landing spots for Miller now that the Blues decided not to re-sign him with Vancouver being one of the recurring potential destinations, few other places even have a fit, if any.
Well it looks like the Canucks might see a need there as well with the duo of Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom right now signed up for next season. That's why according to Bob McKenzie, the Canucks are wining and dining Miller.
UFA goalie Ryan Miller is in VAN being wooed by Canucks' brass.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 30, 2014
If there's going to be a fit, this would seem to be it for Miller. He's been open about wanting to go to California to be closer to his wife, who is an actress but none of the teams are looking for a starter. At least being on the West Coast puts Miller a heck of a lot closer to LA than Buffalo or St. Louis. And more importantly, it's a team where he could get the lion's share of the minutes.
Miller, 33, was having a strong season in Buffalo before the Sabres traded him with Steve Ott to St. Louis when it was clear he wouldn't be re-signing. He disappointed in Buffalo, though, and couldn't get them over the hump in the postseason and not longer after the season was finished, the Blues said they were moving on with Brian Elliott and Jake Allen.
Overall Miller finished last season with a .918 save percentage and a 2.64 goals against average. He can still play and might be a good fit while the Canucks transition from the traded Roberto Luongo to the full-time Lack era.
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