Blues hope Miller will lead them to Promised land

Ryan Miller trade rumors

For the second consecutive year, the St. Louis Blues have made the biggest splash at the trade deadline. Last year, they brought in Jay Bouwmeester to shore up their defense corps. Considered the top prize in the trade market, he was acquired for the reasonable price of a first-round pick and a pair of middling prospects. JayBo helped the Blues finish strong down the stretch, and into the playoffs. But St. Louis exited in the first round to the Los Angeles Kings.

That early exit was partly due to goaltending. So that led to this year’s Big Splash, Ryan Miller, acquired by St. Louis from the Buffalo SabresĀ for goaltender Jaroslav Halak, winger Chris Stewart, prospect forward William Carrier, a first-round pick and a third-round pick. That’s much more a haul than what the Blues had to give up for Bouwmeester, but Buffalo also included their captain, Steve Ott, in the deal.

The Blues are counting on Ryan Miller to be the stalwart goalie that will carry them deep into the playoffs. And his resume certainly justifies their faith. In four playoff appearances, Miller has a 2.47 Goals Against Average and a .917 save percentage. Those are solid numbers, and the Blues need numbers like that against the powers of the West. Specifically, the Blues want Miller to go toe-to-toe with Jonathan Quick of the Kings.

That’s a matchup I can’t wait to see. With this trade, the Blues have shouted from the rooftops that they’re going for it this year. It’s time to bring the Cup to St. Louis for the very first time. And if they do, my money’s on Miller to be the first to hoist it.

bluezos

I'm a big-time Blues fan, through all the ups and downs over the years that we have to endure. I work downtown for a marketing firm. I graduated in 2008 with a Sports Management degree, and I worked 2 seasons for a minor league baseball team. Eventually I'll get back into sports, but for now, I'll bring you Blues updates through the offseason.

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