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Miller Era Over In Buffalo

Sabres trade Miller, Ott to St. Louis
Ryan Miller's 12-year run in Buffalo ended Friday night. 

He and Steve Ott were a late scratch before the Sabres hosted San Jose. Not long after, the Sabres announced they traded both players to the St. Louis Blues. 

In exchange, Buffalo GM Tim Murray landed quite a haul. St. Louis sent to Buffalo goalie Jaroslav Halak, winger Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a 2015 1st round pick and a 2016 3rd rounder. The second pick is conditional and would become a 2014 first round pick if St. Louis makes the conference finals this year or if the Blues sign Miller long term. 

Miller leaves after 11 seasons with the Sabres, including nine as the unquestioned number one. He started 532 games and won 284 of them with 28 shutouts. He took Buffalo to the playoffs four times--reaching the conference finals twice and bowing out in round one twice. 

Ott was with Buffalo for 117 games the last two seasons, scoring 18 goals and 26 assists. He was also team captain. That both were dealt to the league's most successful team is not viewed as an accident. 

Halak actually has a save percentage that's a tick better than Miller's: .917 to .916. He's five years younger, but is an unrestricted free agent after this season. 

Stewart has topped 30 points each of the last three seasons (and is on pace to do it again this year). He's 26, but it's thought the Sabres may trade him again. 


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