VANCOUVER, B.C. – Longtime Sabres netminder Ryan Miller found a new home on Tuesday. He signed a three-year $18 million deal with the Vancouver Canucks.
Miller guarded the Buffalo crease for a decade. The team drafted him in the 5th round in 1999. However when the two sides couldn’t agree on an extension, the Sabres traded the popular goalie along with captain Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues just before last season’s trade deadline.
Miller was supposed to be the last piece of the puzzle for Blues, but they lost in the first round to Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks. Miller’s underwhelming performance prompted the Blues not to resign him.
He posted a .923 save percentage for the Sabres last season despite playing behind a weak defense. He has 294 wins in 559 career regular season starts. Miller is expected to be the starter for the Canucks and can serve as a mentor to youngsters Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom.