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Sunday, December 1, 2013
Isles interested in Sabres' Miller?

By Katie Strang

It's no secret that the New York Islanders need help in goal and according to The Ottawa Sun, general manager Garth Snow is working the phones for precisely that reason.

The Sun's Bruce Garrioch writes that Sabres netminder Ryan Miller is their top target.

According to Garrioch, here is the club's "ideal scenario:"

Convince Ryan Miller to waive his "no move" clause and leave the Buffalo Sabres for a short-term stay in Long Island to help the club make the post-season.

Miller will find it a lot different with the Sabres under Ted Nolan. He is a players’ coach but he also likes things done his way. If they aren’t, he’ll come down hard on the offenders.

It may be in Miller’s best interests to move on. The Isles may be a longshot but they need to improve in net or it’ll be an even longer year and coach Jack Capuano is on the hotseat.


Now, there are a couple of caveats worth pointing out in this potential situation. One, Miller might have to give his consent, given that he has a limited no-trade clause, to accept any deal that would send him to the Islanders. When asked via email last month whether his client would ever consider this, Miller's agent Mike Liut politely declined comment, not wishing to reveal the teams on Miller's no-trade list.

The other issue? The Sabres don't have a general manager in place to make a deal right now, as Pat LaFontaine has yet to make a hire for that position. Snow pulled off a blockbuster deal with Darcy Regier earlier this season -- one that, to me, remains a head-scratcher -- but Regier has since been let go.

Regardless, the Islanders need help between the pipes with Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson failing to inspire the required confidence of an everyday NHL starter and veteran Evgeni Nabokov on the shelf.

Other potential targets to consider for Snow? Jonas Hiller, a pending unrestricted free agent on an Anaheim club that is deep in goal. Heck, maybe he takes another whack at Tim Thomas, whom he acquired from the Bruins last year in a deal that was executed purely for cap purposes.

The Isles need help soon, though, as their season appears to be slipping away. Winless in the last six games, the team is mired at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, leading many to speculate that Capuano's and maybe even Snow's job could be in jeopardy.