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Ryan Miller | Goalie

Team: Vancouver Canucks
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/17/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 168
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No goalie made more saves since 2009-10 than now-Vancouver Canucks netminder Ryan Miller, who made 8,278 the past five seasons (.919 save percentage).
The only netminder with more than 8,000 in that time frame is Henrik Lundqvist, who made 8,153 (.924 save percentage) in that time. Only seven goalies went over 7,000 saves. Sep 13 - 5:01 PM

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The Canucks acquisition of Ryan Miller was the result of GM Jim Benning's plan to rebuild the franchise.

Vancouver President Trevor Linden explained in an interview that Benning's philosophy for building a winning team includes a focus on strong goaltending and it's clear the team felt Eddie Lack wasn't prepared to be the number one netminder. "As much as we felt (Eddie Lack) made great steps last year, Jim believes goaltending is the most important position in the game. He needed to know every night we had a chance to win and we’re going to be good in that position." It was already expected that Miller would see the bulk of the action in goal for Vancouver this season, but this solidifies the notion that Lack won't pose a serious challenge to him.
Aug 10 - 12:00 PM

Ryan Miller didn't mesh with goaltending coach Corey Hirsch in St. Louis, but the veteran keeper feels that he is coachable.

"I'm open to being coached but I'm a little bit more stubborn in that you're going to have to really explain to me why it's going to work for me," Miller said. "I'm going to push back. If they are a good teacher, they're going to push back and ... we're going to have a great relationship." Some work was attempted to try to push him deeper into the net to clean up his technique, but it didn't work out well when he played with the Blues. Vancouver goalie coach, Rollie Melanson, is expected to take a similar approach.
Jul 2 - 9:45 AM

Ryan Miller has signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

This was rumoured for some time and Vancouver GM Jim Benning made good Tuesday by signing the top goalie in the market. Miller should thrive with the Canucks and rebound from an inconsistent 2013-14 campaign in Buffalo and St. Louis. We expect him to be a top 10 netminder in 2014-15 with better than league average GAA and SP stats and 35-40 wins.
Jul 1 - 1:08 PM

Ryan Miller is in Vancouver and is expected to talk to GM Jim Benning.

The unrestricted free agent was signed by Benning in Buffalo as Benning insisted on taking him in the fifth round of the 1999 Draft. Miller was dealt this season from Buffalo to St. Louis but the Blues allowed him to walk as they decided to go with Brian Elliott and Jake Allen between the pipes. Miller was 25-29-4 this season with a 2.64 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
Jun 30 - 8:49 AM

Ryan Miller wants to sign with a serious Stanley Cup contender over the summer.

In other words, he's not going back to Buffalo. The Anaheim Ducks should be considered one of his more likely destinations, although the Vancouver Canucks are also a possibility. While the Canucks seem to be in a transitional phase right now, Miller does have a connection with Jim Benning, who is expected to take over as Vancouver's general manager. Benning has been credited with drafting Miller when he was the director of amateur scouting in Buffalo.
May 21 - 6:47 PM

Although Ryan Miller will test the unrestricted free agent market, the Buffalo Sabres probably won't try to bring him back.

The Sabres are still firmly in a rebuild. Miller wouldn't be enough to help them make the playoffs in the short-term and might be well into his decline before the Sabres do assemble a team capable of competing. Miller has had some great seasons with Buffalo, but he's probably played in his last game with the team.
May 21 - 9:22 AM

Despite the fact the Blues have decided against offering him a long-term contract, Ryan Miller is unlikely to end up with the Sharks next season.

It's been speculated that Miller may wish to sign with a team on the West Coast when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, but San Jose GM Doug Wilson's offseason strategy seems unlikely to include a big ticket netminder, as he should be more focused on shoring up other areas of his roster.
May 20 - 9:16 PM

Ryan Miller probably won't be traded by St. Louis before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

If the Blues were to deal Miller prior to the June 27 draft then the Buffalo Sabres would get their 2014 first rounder. Should Miller be traded after the Blues make their first-round choice and before free agency opens then the 2016 third-round pick becomes a 2016 second-round selection. The Blues decided to let Miller test the market as a free agent in July, so they re-signed Brian Elliott to a three-year, $7.5 million deal. "We took a calculated gamble of bringing in Ryan, and we didn't have the success that we needed as an organization ... certainly not all reflective on Ryan," said GM Doug Armstrong. "It's a team game and as an organization we are responsible." Miller will be free to sign anywhere he's needed on July 1.
May 20 - 7:56 AM

It seems all but certain that Ryan Miller will not be playing for the St. Louis Blues in 2014-15.

Brian Elliott's three-year, $7.5 million extension was a signal that the Blues have other plans. The Blues plan to have Elliott compete with Jake Allen for the starting gig. Miller will be a highly sought after free agent, even if his playoff run with the Blues lasted just one round.
May 19 - 5:17 PM

Ryan Miller's playoff performance may have cost him some money on the free agent market.

He was asked about his off-season plans and there's a lot of uncertainty surrounding it. "We're through with the hockey part now. We'll have to see where we're at," said Miller, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency. "See how they feel about me. I definitely like St. Louis. I like the guys. I like the team. We'll see what they feel about the playoffs." Contract talks haven't been "very serious" between the two sides yet. The Blues gave up a lot to get Miller and they did want to bring him back, but Miller is rumored to be interested in playing closer to his wife in California.
Apr 28 - 10:10 AM

The St. Louis Blues' acquisition of Ryan Miller didn't pay off dividends, as they lost in six games in the first round for another year (this time to the Chicago Blackhawks).

Miller gave up five goals on 27 shots in being clearly out-shined by Corey Crawford. His overall work was middling at best with the Blues and likely cost himself a good deal of money in unrestricted free agency. He went 2-4 in the playoffs and 10-8-1 in the regular season with the Blues and his individual numbers were mediocre at best.
Apr 27 - 7:02 PM

The St. Louis Blues are hoping Ryan Miller will be a hero in Game 6 on Sunday.

The Blues are down 3-2 in their series against the Chicago Blackhawks. "We're probably gonna have to steal a game to bring this thing back, so he's gonna have to be part of the steal. He's gonna have to be one of the robbers," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Miller. "He's gonna have to be a big player for us. We know that. He knows that." Miller is certainly capable of that, although the Blackhawks won't make it easy. He has a 2.32 GAA and .911 save percentage in five playoff games.
Apr 27 - 10:57 AM

Ryan Miller denied 27 of 30, but allowed an overtime goal to Jonathan Toews to fall 3-2 to the Hawks on Friday night in Game 5 and fall behind in the series.

Miller has allowed eight goals over the past three games, all losses, as St. Louis has squandered a 2-0 advantage in the series and faces elimination on Sunday in Chicago. Miller was solid on Friday night, but ultimately let through the winning goal in overtime and must win two straight to stay alive in the post-season.
Apr 25 - 11:22 PM

Ryan Miller allowed four goals on 34 shots in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago in Game 4 of their opening round playoff series.

Miller couldn't do much for Chicago's goals so you can't really blame him for the loss. Miller now has a 2.24 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in the postseason. Look for him to start also in Game 5 on Friday night.
Apr 24 - 3:27 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Henrik Sedin
2Shawn Matthias
3Brad Richardson
4Dustin Jeffrey
LW1Daniel Sedin
2Nick Bonino
3Chris Higgins
4Tom Sestito
RW1Alex Burrows
2Radim Vrbata
3Jannik Hansen
4Derek Dorsett
5Linden Vey
6Zack Kassian
D1Alexander Edler
2Kevin Bieksa
3Dan Hamhuis
4Luca Sbisa
5Chris Tanev
6Yannick Weber
7Ryan Stanton
8Frank Corrado
G1Ryan Miller
2Eddie Lack
3Jacob Markstrom