Ken Hitchcock has coached 1,222 games (and counting) and has been in the NHL since the 1995-96 season. As the head coach of the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and now the St. Louis Blues, he’s seen his fair share of goaltenders. By his estimation though, he’s only seen one other goalie that “absorbs shots” like Ryan Miller, and that’s Ed Belfour.
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Belfour was Hitchcock’s go-to netminder when he won the Stanley Cup in the 1999-00 season. Statistically, that year wasn’t his best but he was able to lead the Stars to the top of the heap. Obviously the Blues would love to see Miller have the same sort of effect in St. Louis.
The veteran head coach speaks about it in the interview to some degree, but the players on the team really do seem calmer when Miller is in goal. They know that he’s capable of bailing them out and will do everything he possibly can to earn a victory. Those same Stars that Hitchcock won a Cup with are in town tonight to take on the Blues, so the comparison of Belfour and Miller seems appropriate.