Ryan Miller has been traded to the St. Louis Blues along with Steve Ott for Chris Stewart, William Carrier and Jaroslav Halak. After the netminder and Ott were pulled off of the ice just before the Buffalo Sabres took on the San Jose Sharks, it was reported that a trade to the Blues was imminent.
Confirming reports that Ryan Miller is a late scratch tonight. It’s believed that a deal is imminent and STL is the likely destination.
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) February 28, 2014
After months of speculation and swirling rumors, it has been confirmed by both teams that Miller and Ott are headed to St. Louis in a five-player deal.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) March 1, 2014
This is a monster trade that changes the complexions of both teams in a big way. Stewart was falling out of grace in St. Louis anyway, while Halak never seemed to have the faith of the Blues’ brass behind him. In Miller, the Blues pick up a big-game goalie for their Stanley Cup run.
The addition of Ott shouldn’t be ignored either. He’s a gritty gamer that will play a Ken Hitchcock brand of hockey without any questions. Get ready for a run at the Cup St. Louis. Looks like the Blues just went all in.
UPDATE: It appears that there are picks involved in the deal as well.
Buffalo receives a first round pick in 2015 and a third round pick in 2016. #stlblues
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 1, 2014
Stay tuned for BleedinBlue.com for analysis of this massive trade.