Miller falters in playoffs; now faces uncertain future
Posted on April 27, 2014 at 7:33 PM
CHICAGO, Ill. -- When the Blues made the blockbuster trade to acquire goalie Ryan Miller from the Sabres it was supposed to be a stabilizing move for St. Louis. Miller was supposed to give the Blues that dominant goaltender they could ride throughout the postseason.
Ya, that didn't happen.
In 25 games for St. Louis Miller was just 12-12-1 with a 2.70 goals against average. He had a .901 save percentage but that number was actually less in the postseason.
Numbers like that aren't dominant.
So now what? Miller is a free agent and is no sure thing to return to St. Louis long term. Would the Blues even want him back at the price he'll probably command?
All good questions.
"We're through with the hockey part and now we'll have to see where we're at," Miller said. "We'll see how they feel about me. I definitely like St. Louis. I like the guys. I like the team. We'll just have to see how they feel about the playoffs."
"I don't get into the long term stuff. That's (GM) Doug (Armstrong's) department," Ken Hitchcock said. "He played good for us but I'm sure there's goals that he'd like to have back just like any goalie would. We win as a team and we lose as a team. My goodness we gave up a breakaway for the third goal and we got seamed on the second goal. That's not the goalie's fault."
Brian Elliot remains as does emerging youngster Jake Allen. It's hard to imagine the Blues handing the keys over to such an inexperienced guy like Allen next season but if owner Tom Stillman isn't keen on spending a lot of money, you have to wonder if that's possible.