February 28, 2014

Miller & Ott traded to St. Louis; Sabres get Halak and Stewart, prospect and two picks: In one of the biggest trades in Buffalo Sabres history and the 1st one under new G.M. Tim Murray, goaltender Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott have been dealt to the St. Louis Blues. In return, the Sabres are getting goaltender Jaroslav Halak, right winger Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a 1st-round pick in '15 and a 3rd-round pick in '16.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 08:07 PM - 5 comments

Really glad the Sabres were able to get some value in return for Miller. As time went on, I was afraid nobody would bite, Miller wouldn't resign, and Buffalo would get nothing.

Miller worked hard through several inept attempts the Sabres made at rebuilding. He played well for years with terrible, underachieving defense in front of him, as well as poor offense. He deserved better, and hopefully St. Louis can give him some much deserved success.

Ott is the type of player and leader any team would love to have. The Blues did well picking up both.

posted by dyams at 10:37 PM on February 28, 2014

Blues are really geared up for a run this year.

posted by nubs at 10:50 PM on February 28, 2014

Blues have a team that will compete for a number of years. If Miller has a few years left in the tank they'll be even better. And any team would benefit from Ott.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:15 AM on March 01, 2014

It was best for the Sabres that they moved Miller but it was still sad to see. He was one of the guys like Iginla who really carried a team for years and you wish they could have enough success to finish as a one-team guy. Good luck to him, he was good for Buffalo.

posted by deflated at 01:34 AM on March 01, 2014

This deal really makes a lot of sense for both teams. It also makes St. Louis a really scary threat to the western half of the NHL. As much as I dislike Ott, he may be the key to this deal, upping the grit from medium to extra-coarse.

posted by Howard_T at 03:38 PM on March 01, 2014

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