Ryan Miller complimentary of Buffalo before he returns in Canucks jersey

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A goaltender who spent nearly a decade building a team in Buffalo reflected on his former team and teammates before traveling back to the Queen City.

Ryan Miller, who now plays for the Vancouver Canucks, will return on Saturday to the First Niagara Center to face off against the Buffalo Sabres. The only change from the Ryan Miller era in Buffalo? He’ll be starting in goal for the Canucks.

Despite the change in scenery and teammates, Miller said in an interview with the Vancouver Sun he does miss the Queen City.

“I thought I was pretty ready (to leave Buffalo) but it was a little harder than I thought it would be,” Miller said. “People talk about ‘you’re paid to do a job and you’re a professional, so just go do your job.’ For me and a core group of guys in Buffalo, it was about something we were building, and we really bought into the idea that we were entrusted with something and were trying to bring it to a certain place. It was hard to let that go.”

But Miller had to move out of his home in the Elmwood Village and ship off as the team traded him in March of 2014.

“I lived in (the) Elmwood Village in the north part of the city,” Miller said. “It’s a really small pocket, but the Museum of Modern Art is up the road, there are big boulevards and mansions built from stone in the late 1800s when Buffalo was a huge shipping hub. There’s culture there, there’s architecture.”

During his reflection on his time in Buffalo, he complimented both the feel of the city, the people who live there and the momentum it has as it progresses.

“But what it really comes down to is the people. You really have to live there. If you just drive into town, you’re not going to see what Buffalo offers,” Miller said. “You have to get out and experience it and feel it. I enjoyed my time immensely.”

Miller will take the ice in the First Niagara Center for the first time on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

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