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Report: Ryan Miller comes up in Sabres, Lightning conversation

Ryan Miller

Buffalo Sabres’ Ryan Miller talks with reporters as the NHL hockey team clean’s out their lockers in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, April 28, 2011. (AP Photo/David Duprey)


A couple weeks ago, rumors circulated that Ryan Miller’s “days are numbered” with the Buffalo Sabres, although that could have meant the summer or even next season. There’s a slight chance that number might be even lower.

Rogers Sportsnet’s Daren Millard reports that Miller’s name is “in play” amid the Sabres’ talks with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

That would be surprising for a reason that goes beyond Miller’s face-of-the-franchise status with Buffalo: the Lightning play in the same division (and will in realignment, too).

Then again, if you’re merely swinging for the fences return-wise, the Bolts might be the best place to look. Goaltending and defense have been a huge headache for Tampa Bay, so Miller could potentially fill that need in a big way.

Naturally, with any trade rumor, it’s crucial to take it with a grain of salt. Even rumored discussions that actually exist don’t always come to fruition.

Still, if you’re looking for another big chip to be moved, perhaps the 32-year-old star could be in the mix.