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11-18-2011, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by joshjull View Post

I'm saying that many expect Miller at times to be a rock that helps the team ride through storms in a game. Some even expect him to carry the team when they're struggling. They base this in large part of his current deal.

My question is why isn't there the same expectation of Vanek who is paid even more?

Are the expectations on Miller more positional than pay based? Or a combo of both?
I think that the goaltender is the only player that can truly carry a team, as he's on the ice for the entire game. When you pay a goaltender that much, you want to see him do so. And Miller does, but anecdotally less often than a Lundqvist, past-prime Brodeur, etc. There's not much more you can expect a forward to do than put up a point per game while playing solid D, imo.

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