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Ryan Miller says missing a season would be “a blatant disregard for the sport, the fans”

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)


Ryan Miller still thinks there’s a deal to be made between the NHL and NHLPA, but he’s growing increasingly incensed that one hasn’t been made yet.

“The two sides are close enough to a deal that missing the bulk of a season is wrong and missing an entire season is not only insane, it is a blatant disregard for the sport, the fans and the culture we have grown over decades -- just to satisfy egos, not the needs of either side,” the Sabres’ goalie wrote in email to

Miller also believes NHL revenues will continue to rise (he pointed towards the Isles’ move to Brooklyn, the upcoming Canadian TV rights bid, and relocation/expansion) and, given that, the “least [the owners] could do is honor our contracts and find a way to start the hockey season.”

Related: Miller believes two sides “are closer to making a deal than they were before”