BUFFALO – Days before he heads to the Sochi Games and just one month from the NHL trade deadline, goalie Ryan Miller said today he hasn’t discussed his future much with the Sabres’ new regime.
“Still don’t know what to say,” Miller, an unrestricted free agent following the season, said inside the First Niagara Center. “There’s been a change here. There was a change here before. So it’s like waiting to see what the plan is and waiting to see what they have to offer. We haven’t talked about anything with regards to contracts, talked about anything in regards to trades. They’re doing their business. …
“I have a limited no-trade agreement, and that’s something I put out there in the summer. That’s not something they approached about altering, changing or discussing. So let’s just assume they’re doing their business. I can’t control it.”
Miller will start Wednesday against Pittsburgh, interim Sabres coach Ted Nolan said.
Could it be Miller’s last home appearance?
“Anything’s possible, just with the way the season’s gone and the direction it could be headed,” the 33-year-old said. “We’ll just wait to see what the plans start to become.”
Miller wouldn’t say what he has discussed with management.
“It’s a private conversation about a business transaction,” he said. “That’s what it comes down to. I’m waiting to see what kind of the plans are around here.”
In other news, Nolan said defenseman Tyler Myers (lower body) is “a lot better than we thought” and is in “more of a day-to-day situation.”
“He was moving around real good today,” Nolan said, “and hopefully he moves around real good tomorrow and gets to play.”
Naturally, Nolan’s relieved.
“Some guys get banged up,” he said. “But he looked like he was hurt last night.”
Meanwhile, defenseman Mike Weber is a “little bit beat up” and missed today’s practice. Weber “should be ready to go,” Nolan said, although he’s also day-to-day.
Defenseman Chad Ruhwedel, a healthy scratch for Monday’s 3-2 loss to Edmonton, will return, Nolan said. The rookie will likely go to Rochester for the Olympic break.