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07:33 AM ET 12.06 | There were already questions about the future of Ryan Miller, but Henrik Lundqvist's being in town made the wondering more relevant. [Lundqvist] signed a seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension on Wednesday. ... Miller is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Do the Sabres want to use him as an asset (see: trade bait) or build the franchise around him? As far as interim head coach Ted Nolan is concerned, you build your future around Miller. "You look at all the championship teams and it starts from goaltending out. ... I prefer you build around him rather than use him as a pawn to try and get something to make you better," Nolan said. "You learn to deal with the now as a coach and we've got one of the better goaltenders in the world here and I'd like to build around him myself."

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December 6, 2013  08:16 AM ET

Will BUF use the Henrik manoeuvre to keep Ryan in town?

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December 6, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Nolan better start winning or he wont need to worry about Miller.

December 6, 2013  09:44 AM ET

Miller is on the downhill side of his career. Good goaltending is a must, but I don't see Miller giving them that in the long term.

December 6, 2013  09:48 AM ET

Universal perception is Miller has grown weary of Buffalo and would like a fresh start elsewhere. Expect him to hit the free agent market and choose his next destination.

I'm no Blues fan, but a Miller for Halak (+ prospect & pick) deadline deal seems it would be a great move for both teams.

December 6, 2013  10:16 AM ET
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Universal perception is Miller has grown weary of Buffalo and would like a fresh start elsewhere.

Exactly, and this perception people have is because Miller isn't shy about letting everyone know he's past his expiry date as a Sabre.

December 6, 2013  10:21 AM ET

Use him as a pawn in the open trade market. Its not like things can get worse for the worst offensive team in the league. Ted's team cant score.

December 6, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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Nolan better start winning or he wont need to worry about Miller.

If only the Sabres could play Toronto more frequently....the Leafs seem to be the cure for most of Buffalo's ills...

December 6, 2013  10:40 AM ET
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It would take double what Henrik got. Buffalo ain't NYC.

Maybe you should ask Pat LaFontaine...he left New York to come back to Buffalo. Both he and Miller are revered in Buffalo. The Sabres will also have a ton of cap space heading into next season. Paying Miller won't be the issue if he decides to stay. Henrik's numbers are slightly better than Miller's, but then he's been on the better team for the last few seasons as well. Goaltending isn't Buffalo's problem, scoring goals is the issue. One goal or less in half their games.

December 6, 2013  11:48 AM ET
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Nolan better start winning or he wont need to worry about Miller.

Thank you! My thoughts exactly.

December 6, 2013  01:24 PM ET

I'm a Sabres fan, and I just can't think of any reason why he would stay...regardless of what Ted wants.

Blues do make a great fit. He can have a bunch of trips to SoCal, and be on a time primed to win--and possibly get his name on the cup.

December 6, 2013  02:14 PM ET

Ted might just be too smart for Buffalo - so, move the Bills to TO-ON town, and Le Sabres to...

...and while you're at it, the Panthers to Hamilton, and then turn the Blue Jackets into The Blue-Nosers.

December 6, 2013  02:21 PM ET
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I'm a Sabres fan, and I just can't think of any reason why he would stay...regardless of what Ted wants.Blues do make a great fit. He can have a bunch of trips to SoCal, and be on a time primed to win--and possibly get his name on the cup.

If he does leave, I'd like to see him someplace like St Louis...agree with all of you that would be great fit for him. The Blues look very good this season, they have a complete team. Miller would be goalie upgrade. I still think the Ducks are the prime candidate, however can they pay him adequately with big contracts they have for Getzlaf and Perry ? I think Hiller is UFA after this season ????

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