Report shoots down fan site's claim Wild offered trade for Ryan Miller
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Minnesota's goaltending situation is in flux. And despite third-stringer Darcy Kuemper's recent string of competence, the Wild could use more stability in net if they hope to realize their playoff aspirations.
UPDATE (2:40 p.m.): Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press tweeted Monday afternoon that there is "absolutely no truth" to trade rumors involving Miller and the Wild.
There is absolutely no truth to the "report" that the Wild made an offer for Ryan Miller.— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) January 27, 2014
Further, they're not even pursuing a goalie right now. They're going to get through the Olympic break and evaluate what's a need.— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) January 27, 2014
And I can't believe this needs reporting, but the Wild are "absolutely not" trading Charlie Coyle or Mikael Granlund I've been told.— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) January 27, 2014
Right now the price tag is too high for Miller and the Wild don't want to pay a big price for a rental. They know they wouldn't re-sign him.— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) January 27, 2014
Veteran goalie Ryan Miller's days in Buffalo likely are coming to an end, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun. With Buffalo (14-29-7) floundering in last place by a mile in the Eastern Conference, the team could look to jettison its stars for future prospects and/or draft picks. Several outlets have noted that there aren't many teams interested in adding a goalie.
But the Wild may qualify as a team that could use one.
Miller, 33, is having a decent season, but also is a victim of playing for an awful hockey team. His .926 save percentage ranks 6th in the league, but his 2.62 goals-against average is 25th.
With the uncertainty of Josh Harding returning to the ice while dealing with multiple sclerosis, compounded by Niklas Backstrom's health and inconsistency all season, the Wild could use some goaltending stability.
Kuemper has been a serviceable option lately, but is that enough for the Wild to get to the playoffs?
The Wild reportedly made a "major offer to the Sabres" for Miller, according to the fan website Fansided.
Wild fans, do you want to see the Wild trade for Miller? Or perhaps they could pursue better options this offseason.
Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun writes the Miller could be dealt before the Olympic break. Should the Wild pull the trigger?