The Vancouver Canucks have signed Ryan Miller to a three-year deal worth $18 million.
Miller, 33, was 25-30-4 with a 2.64 GAA and .918 SV% between the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues in 2013-14. The Canucks had the look of a team in a rebuilding mode, but with the signing of Miller it looks like they are going to try and push for the playoffs. Miller will undoubtedly be the Canucks starter, but Eddie Lack proved to be a more than capable NHL goalie last season.
The Blues re-signed Brian Elliott to a three-year deal this morning and will roll with Elliott and Jake Allen in 2014-15. In 19 regular-season games with the Blues, Miller went 10-8-1 with a 2.47 GAA and .903 SV%, and followed it with a 2-4 record, 2.70 GAA and .897 SV% in six Stanley Cup Playoff games. Miller as a rental did not work for the Blues, but he is expected to garner a lot of attention this summer.
Miller finished the season 0-5 with a 3.83 GAA and .856 SV% to finish 10-8-1 with a 2.47 GAA and .903 save percentage since being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres. The struggles down the stretch can not be solely placed on Miller, because the Blues were battling injuries to key players. Tonight, a series between two great teams will get underway.
Miller allowed three goals on 40 shots in a loss to the Stars on Friday. His losing streak has hit four games. The Blues will look for the W this afternoon to avoid playing the Blackhawks in the first round.
Miller was pulled after allowing four goals on 13 shots in a loss to the Wild last night. He has struggled mightily in his last three outings. Miller has given up 12 goals on 64 shots (.813 SV%). Starting him again tonight is an attempt to get him back on track before the Blues enter the postseason. You don't want to head into the Western Conference first round with your number-1 goalie playing poorly.
Miller gave up four goals on 22 shots in a loss to the Capitals on Tuesday. Miller has allowed four goals in three of his last four starts. His recent stretch of poor play has seen his GAA rise to 2.27 and SV% dip down to .910 since arriving in St. Louis. Tonight, he faces the Wild, who he is 1-1 against this season.
Miller allowed four goals on 29 shots in a loss to the Avalanche on Saturday. After a red-hot start with the Blues, he has lost four of his last seven starts with a 2.77 GAA and .897 SV%. He will look to get back on track against a struggling Capitals team. He is 2-0 with a 0.92 GAA and .975 SV% against the Capitals this season (both with BUF).
Miller stopped all 31 shots that he faced in a 1-0 shootout win over Flyers on Tuesday. It was his 10th win and first shutout with the Blues. His 2.01 GAA and .920 SV% are excellent and he has already beat this Avalanche team so feel confident about starting him this after and for the rest of the season.
Miller gave up four goals on 27 shots in a loss to the Stars on Saturday. Miller finished out March with the Blues at 9-3-1 with a 2.18 GAA and .912 SV%. They have just eight games remaining as they gear up for a Stanley Cup run as they push for the number-1 seed in the West. He will face a Flyers team who are 6-2-1 in their last nine.
Miller made 27 saves on 28 shots in Thursday's 5-1 blowout win over the Wild. After losing two in a row, Miller has bounced back with two straight victories. Life in a Blues uniform has been pretty easy for Miller. He is seeing an average of 24.25 shots per game compared to the 35.28 he saw in Buffalo. Miller is 0-1-1 with a 3.44 GAA and .881 SV% vs. the Stars this season (1 with BUF).
Miller will be back in goal for the Blues on Thursday.
Miller stopped 22 of 25 shots in Tuesday's win over the Maple Leafs. Miller has now given up 10 goals in his last three starts and strangely enough has a lower SV% with the Blues (.913) than he did with the Sabres (.923). However, that can largely be attributed to the volume of shots he faced in Buffalo. On Thursday, he takes on a Wild team who are 3-3-4 in their last 10 games.
Miller gave up three goals on 18 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Flyers on Saturday. All of a sudden Miller has lost two in a row while giving up seven goals on just 45 shots (.844 SV%). Tonight, he takes on a Maple Leafs in the midst of a major slump, he should make for a good start.
Miller allowed four goals on 27 shots in a loss to the Blackhawks on Wednesday. It was the first time with St. Louis that he had allowed more than three goals as well as losing in regulation. The Hawks are likely the Blues biggest competition in the West so don't get used to seeing the 'L' next to Miller's stat line. On Saturday, he will face a Flyers team who have won four in a row.