The 2014-2015 Goalie Situation
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03-23-2013, 02:32 PM
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If Miller wants to stay Regier needs to sign him to an extension in the summer for 4-5 years at roughly the same cap hit. There is no proven prospect, and even if Makarov turns out, he can't be relied upon to take over as the workhorse until maybe three years from now. There are no upcoming UFAs that will be an upgrade or young enough to be more than a stop-gap, and the cap hit won't be much lower than what Miller will make. If Makarov (or anyone else) proves themselves or becomes available in trade, then move Miller if it's best. That move doesn't have to happen quite yet so there's no urgency in trading Miller in the next year or so. If all the other mess gets cleaned up, Miller is no doubt the kind of goalie we want for a legit playoff run. Does nobody remember how good he was in just his last playoff series?
If Miller does want out though, it's an easy decision but a hard trade scenario. Another top quality goalie prospect HAS to be part of the deal, and I don't see much available in the near future. Bernier is currently outplaying Quick (since Quick is most likely still toked up since the raising the Cup). LA won't trade Miller for Quick if they decide Bernier is their guy. Chicago is playing a good enough brand of hockey that they might not see the need to pick up Miller's cap hit. OTOH, they might see Miller as a guy that can clinch their hopes, but Crawford is nowhere near a good enough replacement. He's simply riding the wave of his team's quality play (it takes a top game to make Emery look good). Replacing Miller will be paramount and it might have to be done is separate deals. In that case the possibilities are numerous.
One way or another, keeping Miller or finding a damn good replacement is a necessity. Anything less will look much like Enroth's record for the past 20+ starts.
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