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Today In St. Louis: Ryan Miller Trade Is A Hot Topic

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Feb 25, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) tries to stop the puck during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at First Niagara Center. Buffalo beats Carolina 3 to 2. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports Ryan Miller Trade

The starting goaltender from the 2010 Sliver medal USA hockey team is now a member of the St. Louis Blues. Ryan Miller was traded to the St. Louis Blues on Friday in a 5 player trade. It was rumored all week but the move was finally completed. Here is Arch Authority’s Scott Criscione on what this trade means for the Blue Note:

The move is a big gamble for the St. Louis Blues, who have been one of the top teams in the NHL this season. The Move for Miller comes at a time where the team is in need of a wake up after a long Olympic break and boy did Doug Armstrong deliver. The move is bold because it cost draft picks and in return banks on Miller being able to bring the Blues to the Stanley Cup. After this season ends both Ott and Miller are free agents. This is a move that says to the Blues players, “Win Now!”

Here are some other reactions of the big trade in the NHL:

Bernie Miklasz called this trade a “power move” by Doug Armstrong.

Dave Lozo says that this move doesn’t change anything for the St. Louis Blues.

Patrick Helper of Too Many Men On The Site gives his opinion on the trade.

My Take:

The only thing I don’t like about this trade is that the Blues potentially might have to give Buffalo 2 1st round picks. Outside of that, the Blues got two difference makers that can help them win the Cup. The problem is going to be getting to the Cup. The Blues have been dominated by the California teams this year and there is also the defending champions the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference. Halak wasn’t the answer this year for the Blues. This move help to shore up the net because if you have a hot goaltender in the playoffs, your team can go far.

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