Picture Ryan Miller in Chicago?
“Wayne Gretzky got traded.”
This phrase is commonly used by NHL GM’s to remind us that no player is untouchable.
There are several players who we attach with their organization and would have a difficult time ever picturing them in a different uniform.
Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks falls into this category. Recently former NHL great Jeremy Roenick suggested he’d be ok with trading Kane in exchange for a top goaltender. Anyone who’s paid close attention to Chicago in recent weeks understands their desire for a goalie. They have Stanley Cup expectations and some doubt whether the current tandem of Corey Crawford and Ray Emery are capable of getting the job done.
The idea of moving Patrick Kane has been brought up.
It may not have gathered the same publicity but there are some Blackhawk people who internally understand if they are to get the guy they want they would need to give up something big. I’m not suggesting they’re shopping Kane but these talks do tend to pop up around the office every now and then.
In other words Roenick didn’t just pull this out of a hat. This discussion has privately taken place in Chicago. Did anyone think Roenick would ever play with a different team after he blossomed in Chicago?
It would be a gutsy move by GM Stan Bowman no doubt. Does he have it in him to make such a move?
It’s not like Chicago wouldn’t be ok offensively. They’re loaded with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, and Dave Bolland to name a few.
There are few goaltenders Chicago would consider moving a Patrick Kane for. Among those is Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller.
Sources close to Miller confirm his frustration with the Sabres organization and tell me he’d waive his modified no-trade clause to go to Chicago.
The frustration began early in the season after he was trucked by Boston’s Milan Lucic. Miller stayed down on the ice while his teammates stood around and watched.
From this point forward it’s more than safe to assume Miller began questioning his teammates. Are they willing to bleed for him in the same fashion he does for them?
I’ve heard the speculation that Miller would only accept a trade to Los Angeles or Anaheim so he could be closer to his actress wife Noureen DeWulf. I’m told this is completely untrue. Miller wants to win and he’s apparently open to go to a number of teams, not just those located in So Cal
Again, I’m told he’d jump at the opportunity to go to Chicago.
Kane on the other hand does make some sense with him being a Buffalo native. One would think Western New York would be a good fit for him personally although he’s fully entrenched as a star athlete in Chicago. He still probably enjoys more privacy in Chicago than he would in his hometown.
Whether this is fantasy or reality is hard to decipher. On the surface it looks like a pretty good hockey trade. The problem is these types of deals involving two superstar players rarely happen in today’s game.
The Sabres thought they had it figured out last summer once Owner Terry Pegula took over the franchise. They thought they could buy their way into contending for a Stanly Cup and it appears they’re taking a step backwards. Sources close to the organization tell me they aren’t looking to rebuild but are looking to re-scale their roster.
Trading Ryan Miller would be a step in that direction.
The much younger (23) Kane is owed $6.5 Million through 2015 while the 31 year-old Miller is due $6.25 Million through 2014.
Sources say Miller has not been approached by the organization regarding a potential trade.
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