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Sabres GM says Miller deal can net another first-rounder

Pittsburgh Penguins v Buffalo Sabres

of the Buffalo Sabres of the Pittsburgh Penguins at First Niagara Center on February 5, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.

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St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong and still-new Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray reacted to the blockbuster trade that sent Ryan Miller to St. Louis, and they provided more than just the usual company-line quotes.

The most interesting tidbit comes from Murray, who explains that a conditional third-round pick could jump to a first-rounder in 2014 depending upon Miller’s future with the Blues.

It’s interesting to note that Buffalo has some picks that could move around depending upon how the New York Islanders (Thomas Vanek trade) and Blues perform, then.

If you hear a few extra cheers from Buffalo in the event that St. Louis enjoys success with Miller, 33, don’t be shocked.

Speaking of Miller signing an extension with the Blues, Armstrong gave an interesting answer to Aaron Solomon of 550 KTRS.

“It’s something that we’ll certainly discuss at the appropriate time,” Armstrong said. " ... but we really believe Jake Allen is the goalie of the future for the St. Louis Blues.”

That almost seems like a “show me” statement for a GM working in the show-me state, but we’ll see how things develop.

Either way, the Blues seem more interesting in the present and the Sabres seem capable of a fascinating future, even if both GMs are pumping up their long-term potential.

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