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Ryan Miller: Over/underrated? Would you want him as the starter going forward?

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Overrated 9 18.00%
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08-01-2013, 11:45 PM
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Ryan Miller: Over/underrated? Would you want him as the starter going forward?

We're clearly having a tough time dealing Miller. The market isn't exactly ideal, and you can certainly deduce without much argument that Regier has demands that aren't "chump change" status.

BUT AS AN ASIDE....

After this past season, in which Miller certainly didn't play close to an All-World goaltender's level yet played behind a pretty porous defense...do you think he's overrated? Underrated? Aptly rated?


edit: to clarify a bit...I'm trying to get a feel for what we think of him as a goaltender at this very moment in time. Is he still a top of the line guy who got a bad shake of it last year due to team in front of him? Is he just not that good anymore? Was he? That kind of thing....again in an attempt to quantify

edit2: if circumstances allowed it from both parties (which at this point seems hypothetical and unrealistic, yes), would you be okay with Ryan Miller being the team's goaltender for the next 3-5 years?


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08-02-2013, 12:00 AM
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I think the answer is neither. Sabres fans appreciate him for his ability, league wide he's under appreciated by the other fan bases. He'll win some games by himself, will let in the occasional gaff that makes you shake your head.

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08-02-2013, 12:12 AM
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Just right. I really like him though. Is spectacular at times... sometimes he's rank with softies.

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08-02-2013, 12:13 AM
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Miller's salary dictates that he should stop literally everything. -Mike Harrington
In all seriousness, he's still pretty good, but not as good as he was in the insane Olympic year. That was an outlier, IMO.

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08-02-2013, 12:40 AM
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Miller's salary dictates that he should stop literally everything. -Mike Harrington
In all seriousness, he's still pretty good, but not as good as he was in the insane Olympic year. That was an outlier, IMO.
Unfortunately, there's no way around the bolded - it's true.

But the question I'm digging at is, outlier aside, where does he stand as a goalie?

In an insane alternate universe, somehow it's figured out by Miller that his value on the open market wouldn't be anything astronomical. If he's willing, are you willing to bring him back at a decent price to be the starting goaltender for the next 5 years?

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08-02-2013, 01:24 AM
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Unfortunately, there's no way around the bolded - it's true.

But the question I'm digging at is, outlier aside, where does he stand as a goalie?

In an insane alternate universe, somehow it's figured out by Miller that his value on the open market wouldn't be anything astronomical. If he's willing, are you willing to bring him back at a decent price to be the starting goaltender for the next 5 years?
I'd say no, personally. I'd rather roll with Hackett/Enroth, see what they bring, see what Makarov can do (later on in the proposed time span, of course) and, if we're icing a competitive team but need improved goaltending...sign a decent one in free agency.

I'm against building a team from the net out, cause there's only so much one player can do. Let's say that your team defense sucks...there's only so many pucks a goalie can stop before flubbed clears/loose rebounds/other things that can be reasonably deemed outside of his control turn into goals.

Conversely, there's LA from the past year. Quick and their D were, for the most part, up until the WCF, remarkably good, but their offense provided them with little to no support and couldn't bail them out as chicago did for crawford against the red wings and bruins

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I voted underrated. I still think Miller is a top-ten goalie in the NHL.

He's not been as good as the Vezina year and quite frankly it's going to be hard to match that season. He was phenomenal in 09-10. However, he's gotten a lot of undeserved beef from the fans and media. He's still an extremely good goaltender and he faced the most shots in the League last season, I believe. If not, close to it. He can single-handedly win games by himself, that hasn't changed. For a contender with questionable goaltending he could be the difference between Cup and no Cup. If not considering elite anymore, he's still in the upper tiers for goalies.

I'd be pretty comfortable having Miller re-signed and him being here for the foreseeable future. Enroth showed some good stuff last season and Hackett's a decent prospect but we really don't have any spectacular goalie prospect like a John Gibson, Jake Allen, or Jacob Markstrom to take over in a year. We could go the free-agent or trade route but as far as what we already have in the organization, there is no one I would be comfortable giving the starting job to at this point. Even though Miller has been part of the problem (a small part but a part nonetheless since he's part of the team) I firmly believe he can be a part of the solution too and the same goes for Vanek. I really think Regier feels the same way. Ryan Miller has the ability to be a key player on a Cup-winning team.

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08-02-2013, 03:41 AM
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He's your standard competitive starter. He's good for 5 wins by himself and can keep you around in the playoffs. As long as we aren't talking a significant raise he's not hurting anything but the tank.

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08-02-2013, 06:36 AM
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I think he's generally valued appropriately. As ONG said, he'll occasionally steal games and occasionally frustrate.

I don't see too many of our fanbase claim that he's the top goalie in the league or the worst. That counts for something. I think.

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08-02-2013, 07:07 AM
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overrated

anyone still calling him a "top 10 goalie" is living in the past

Wherever you rank Jonas Hiller in some overall goalie rankings or whatever label you give him.... that's where Miller belongs

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08-02-2013, 07:11 AM
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I'm ready to move on from Miller.

I think this team gets farther from the Stanley Cup if they sign him long term for a high cap hit.

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I went with overrated.

He's good, but not as good as his paycheck nor his reputation amongst some would lead you to believe.

I'd keep him around if the price were right.

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I think he's underrated by other teams fans, at least on HF, but Id like to see him go. We're rebuilding. We don't need him stealing a few games and keeping us from finishing dead last. Plus we've got Enroth and Hackett to hand the starts to.

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Circumstances allowing Miller to be brought back means that he gets to step away from the stupid ****ing "leadership role" he's carved out for himself, and that's my biggest issue with the guy. Still, I'd just like to move on.

On aggregate, he's about appropriately valued.

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At worst, he is rated appropriately. Folk forget that his even strength save % last year was just about equal to the Vezina year. I also find the comment that his Vezina year was an outlier rather interesting. Of course it was. If it wasn't he would have won the Vezina a couple more times. That's an outlier for most upper level goaltenders. Miller behind a decent defense still can be a top ten goaltender.

If Miller could be signed for a reasonable offer, I have no problems with him being the goaltender for the next few years. You have a known quantity/quality in Miller. I'm still not convinced with anyone else in the system.

It still provides a conundrum. The goalie market, as we all know, is bad. Do you get rid of Miller for the equivalent of a bag of pucks, or try to sign him for a reasonable contract?

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I think he's appropriately valued. I like this "wins added" study as the basis of that opinion. Miller is one of only two goalies to be in the top ten for wins added between 2009-2012: Rinne all four times, and Miller three times. So he's consistent.

I'm waiting for Hockey Outsider to put together 2013. Should be interesting. I want to work the math on Miller for 2013, but I'm in Kabul and have plenty to do already, so I'm probably not going to get to it.

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As a straight up goaltender, I'd be fine with him staying as the starter. It's the "voice of the locker room" leader or whatever you want to call it that I want to move on from. I like him as a goaltender, but I don't like his personality and the vibe he gives off.

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As a straight up goaltender, I'd be fine with him staying as the starter. It's the "voice of the locker room" leader or whatever you want to call it that I want to move on from. I like him as a goaltender, but I don't like his personality and the vibe he gives off.
That's what I was trying to say.

(I also don't like his cap hit, though)

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I think hes a solid goalie. He gets a bad rep among other teams fans that dont watch him enough. That said, I wouldnt want him here in the future and the sooner we trade him the better, good return or not. Get something for him, instead of him walking for nothing.

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He's not a top 10 goalie.

Then again, I was unaware people were still calling him a top 10 goalie. So I may change my vote to overrated.

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His .932 SV% and 2.05 GAA in his last 31 games after coming back from the concussion the other year shows he's easily still a top 10 goalie.

As for wanting him here for the next 3-5 years...probably not. It's time to move on.

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There is not in my respectful opinion any goalie on the Sabres or Amerks roster who is more talented than Miller. Further he is no worse than middle of the nhl pack of starting goalies because they all have brain farts from time to time. He can and does win games by himself. His team mates have confidence in him--sometimes too much. All that aside we need to develop a couple of younger goalies and I truly dislike Miller's rants. I would sign him if we got him on a discounted basis, or if it was understood Buffalo would trade him to one of his preferred locations as soon as a reasonable deal could be made. I believe that doing the latter would initially weaken our team so would want a piece back that would help.

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His .932 SV% and 2.05 GAA in his last 31 games after coming back from the concussion the other year shows he's easily still a top 10 goalie.

As for wanting him here for the next 3-5 years...probably not. It's time to move on.
that's a convenient choice

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that's a convenient choice
That's exactly what I thought



I think crunching the numbers on the last 3 seasons is a reasonable indication of his future trend and also his ranking among other goalies who has played the same 3 years as a starter. Like Quick, Lundqvist, Hiller, Brzygalov, Kiprusoff etc...



I don't know if I'm right but I would guess Miller falls just outside the top 10 in the league when combining ALL worthy stats. Sure he may have a stat or two better than most, but consider all the stats, not just the ones convenient to ones argument.

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That's exactly what I thought



I think crunching the numbers on the last 3 seasons is a reasonable indication of his future trend and also his ranking among other goalies who has played the same 3 years as a starter. Like Quick, Lundqvist, Hiller, Brzygalov, Kiprusoff etc...



I don't know if I'm right but I would guess Miller falls just outside the top 10 in the league when combining ALL worthy stats. Sure he may have a stat or two better than most, but consider all the stats, not just the ones convenient to ones argument.
You are arguing against Miller by saying he's an across-the-board top 10 goalie? I'd call that high praise, no?

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