(HockeyStL) -- The St. Louis Blues announced Friday afternoon they have acquired Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller and Sabres captain Steve Ott in exchange for Jaroslav Halak and Chris Stewart.
According to the St. Louis Blues website, Miller and Ott will join the team in Phoenix for Sunday’s game.
The trade sends Halak and Stewart along with prospect William Carrier, a first-round draft pick in 2015 and a third-round draft pick for 2016.
The first hints of the completion of the trade came Friday afternoon as both Miller and Ott were late scratches for Buffalo, according to TSN.
Miller, 33, has started all 40 games with the Sabres this season posting a 15-22-3 record with a .923 save percentage. Miller has been a target for trade rumors as the Sabres are in last place in the Atlantic Division of Eastern Conference with only 42 points.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to have a new adventure,” Miller said, “I have a strong sense that they [Blues] have a very special team.”
In his 11 NHL seasons, Miller ranks seventh in wins. Miller was recently teammates with current Blues David Backes, TJ Oshie and Kevin Shattenkirk while on Team USA for the Olympics. In 2010, Miller was the Olympic tournament MVP.
“I got to know some of the guys on that team with the USA program,” said Miller, “You get to know them and they have a very strong competitive spirit.”
Ott, 31, has scored 9 goals with 11 assists as the Sabres captain. Ott echoed Miller’s comments about heading to St. Louis saying he is excited to have this opportunity.
“The thought of getting the grit and determination of a player like Steve Ott, and obviously Ryan Miller’s resume speaks for itself,” said Blues GM Doug Armstrong, “This just gives up a better opportunity for success this year and it allows us to keep our prime assets.”
Armstrong said teams were asking for goaltender Jake Allen and forward Demtri Jaskin, both of whom play for the AHL affiliate Chicago Wolves, but the organization wasn’t willing to give those guys up.
“Just making the playoffs is no longer the goal,” Armstrong said, “This gives us a better opportunity in the playoffs.”