[tps_header]Best Trade: Buffalo Sabres send Ryan Miller to St. Louis Blues[/tps_header]
In the midst of a rebuilding year and with the trade deadline fast approaching, Buffalo Sabres rookie general manager Tim Murray saw it in the best interest of both the franchise and veteran goaltender Ryan Miller if the team sent him elsewhere before he became an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.
The 33-year old Miller had played the entirety of his NHL career in Buffalo up to that point, so Murray opted to send him to a contender where he’d get a chance to pursue a Stanley Cup. The result: the Sabres sent Miller and forward Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, a first-round pick in 2015 and a third-round pick in 2016.
For the Blues, it gave them a proven goaltender that they could rely on in their quest for the Stanley Cup. As for the Sabres, they continued to move forward in their rebuilding project while acquiring a few valuable draft picks. It was a rare case where it seemed like both sides truly won in a trade.