Ryan Miller: Fit to be a Duck or Shark
For the team, the acquisition of Miller was supposed to mean that they had a goaltender that could win them a Stanley Cup. For Miller, it was supposed to be the opportunity to lift the Stanley Cup.
Unfortunately for both Miller and the Blues, the acquisition failed on both levels. Not only did the Blues not win the Cup this year, but they got knocked out of the postseason in six games by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blues, clearly not happy with the way the trade worked out, went ahead and re-signed back-up goaltender Brian Elliott to a three-year deal worth $7.5 million. At the same time, the Blues made it clear that they were ready to move on from Miller and go with a tandem of Elliott and Jake Allen, the American Hockey League's top goaltender, next season.
Miller must now go back to the drawing board and see where he would be a good fit. By good fit, we mean a team that will give him a lot of playing time and a team that has the potential to win a Cup.
In looking at teams around the league, there seem to be two in California that might be a good fit for Miller. Both teams are Cup contenders and one of the two might be a good match in terms of giving Miller a lot of playing time.
San Jose Sharks
Year in and year out, the San Jose Sharks are one of the best teams in the league.
This is a team that plays solid defensively, has a great young core, can put the puck in the net, and has all the pieces that tend to makeup a Cup contender. The one key piece that still seems to be missing is a netminder.
While Antti Niemi certainly was not bad for the Sharks, he did not get them to a Cup like he did with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2009-10 season. The farthest he took the Sharks was to the Western Conference Finals back in the 2010-11 season.
Acquiring Miller might change that. Miller is starving for a Cup championship and by putting him between the pipes, the Sharks will still be a Cup contender heading into next season.
The Anaheim Ducks came oh so close to getting to the Western Conference Finals this season.
The team lost to the Los Angeles Kings in a hard fought seven game series and certainly gave themselves every opportunity to get to the next round and perhaps further. One of the main reasons why this team has a lot to look forward in the future is goaltender John Gibson.
Gibson, 20, played extremely well in the playoffs this year, despite having a tough Game 7 against the Kings. He is definitely the goaltender of the future but one has to wonder if may be he could use some tutelage from a veteran puck stopper.
That veteran puck stopper could be Miller. The Ducks could sign him to a short term deal and hope that Miller could get them a Cup quickly before completely giving the number one role to Gibson.