Three Potential Good Destinations for Ryan Miller
Good goaltending in the NHL is not hard to come by these days.
Over the past several seasons, the league has seen teams win Stanley Cups with mediocre goaltending. Because of that, most teams these days do not feel the need to go out and look for a star goaltender to be their franchise.
On the other hand, a goaltender like Buffalo Sabres' netminder Ryan Miller has not been on the market for many years. In Miller, we are talking about a goaltender that has been an All-Star, has won a Vezina Trophy as the league's top masked man, has played well in the postseason and has carried a country on his back to the Silver Medal.
It is well known throughout hockey circles that Miller has a good chance of being dealt. With that in mind, here are some possible destinations for the franchise goaltender:
There is no doubt that the Washington Capitals have the talent to put the puck in the net on a consistent basis.
Keeping out, on the other hand, is not something that comes easy for them. Over the past several seasons, the Capitals have utilized a number of different netminders including Semyon Varlamov, Michal Neuvirth, Braden Holtby, and Philipp Grubauer.
Acquiring an All-Star like Miller to put between the pipes might just be what the Capitals need not only to make the postseason, but to go far in them as well.
New York Islanders
Much like the Capitals, the New York Islanders have a lot of offensive talent and have no problems when it comes to putting the puck on the net.
It is their goaltending that is the most inconsistent part of the game. Islanders' netminders Evgeni Nabokov, Kevin Poulin, and Anders Nilsson do not get the job done on a consistent basis and last season, was perhaps the main reason why they lost in the first round of the playoffs.
It may not be the most attractive destination but with the team moving to Brooklyn soon and lot of young stars, Miller might just find that the Islanders have a lot of potential when it comes to being considered Cup contenders in the next few seasons.
The Minnesota Wild might have good goaltenders in Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding and Darcy Kuemper, but they do not have a goaltender like Miller.
No one knows how much longer Backstrom has considering his age (35) and inconsistent play this season. No one also knows what will happen with Harding, despite having a terrific season, because of Harding's health issues.
Minnesota, considered by some the capital of hockey in the United States, might just be the perfect fit for Team USA's star goaltender.