The elephant in the room with Miller is whether he can win the biggest games, in the biggest moments. So far in his career, not so much. Yes, I'm holding him up to an elite standard, but that's what people who know more about hockey than I do are forcing me to do. Two Game 7s, four goals against and a lost lead in the third period in one, and pulled from the other. Gold Medal game and Winter Classic, two weird game-winning goals between the wickets. The numbers will bear out that Miller's game declines as series grow longer. Games 1-4, pretty good. Games 5-7, the guy has had some issues.
I know in Darcy's fantasy world, every player improves every year ("constant improvement"), and you don't change the people, you get your people to change. So I'm sure Darcy sees Ryan Miller in three years as being better than ever. Is it realistic?
About turning the conversation in a new direction.
With Miller, Vanek and Pominville all facing the final years of their contracts, where are the cries from this fan base for this team to go balls to wall and try to win right now? I mean just completely sell out for a run next year? I mean if it takes trading Grigirenko or whoever to bring in older pieces to win right now, why not go in that direction? I think there is a good discussion to have on this train of thought.
Great thought. If they don't think they can win with this core (erg) now, why do they think they can win with it in two or three or four years? Ted Black sure doesn't think they can make a run this year. He said on WGR on Thursday that the Sabres not being buyers at the deadline is a "no-brainer."
To channel Mike Schopp's question... what are we doing here?
Trying to layer a new, championship core on top of the old one? How can they afford to do that?
Edited by PASabreFan, 03 March 2013 - 01:20 PM.