Ryan Miller spent his entire career with the Buffalo Sabres before the only team he ever knew dealt him to the St. Louis Blues ahead of the trade deadline. Those same Sabres will be in town tomorrow night, but don’t look for the longtime Buffalo netminder to be in goal for the Blues.
He confirmed today that he’ll be on the bench and that Brian Elliott will get the nod.
— Mike Harrington (@BNHarrington) April 2, 2014
To some degree, this is an odd move by Ken Hitchcock. Miller is coming off of his best start as a member of the Blues. He earned his first shutout with the team against the Philadelphia Flyers and looked outstanding in the process. Usually players want to suit up against their old teams, but it seems that Hitch, Miller and the Blues have bigger plans.
St. Louis didn’t acquire the top-end goalie so he could make a statement against Buffalo on April 3. He’s in town to do one thing, and that is to help the Blues secure a Stanley Cup. He needs to be rested for the postseason, and it appears that Hitchcock is simply rolling out his backup against an opponent that is beatable.
It’s obviously a common strategy, but it’ll probably be strange for Miller to take this one in from the bench.