Out of the Mouths of Crunchys…March 3, 2008
Things have been a little on edge around town lately. The team hasn’t been performing up to snuff, and with the loss of Campbell recently, everyone has fixed their attention on the teams next big free agent: Ryan Miller. I don’t understand why people automatically think that Miller’s going to leave town when his deal is up. There’s plenty doom and gloom to deal with currently, why do we have to go looking for more?
However, I think Miller safely put to rest the rumor of his impending move to Detroit , with the following comment in the Detroit Free Press:
“You know, my home state would be a nice opportunity but honestly, Buffalo’s been great to me,” Miller said. “I have a lot of fun here. We have a young core of guys. As far as I know, you guys got Hasek and (Chris) Osgood. I’m settled here and happy here.
“I’d like to stay. I’d like the opportunity to keep building here. Who knows how hockey careers go?
And even if Hasek and Osgood were to be suddenly hit by a bus, the Wings still have a very strong AHL goalie whom they’ve spent a lot of time and money developing. Miller’s not going to throw away what he’s built in Buffalo to go play for the hometown crowd. Rotating C aside, he’s the leader of this team. He’s not going to throw that away to go play second banana to the assorted garbanzos in Detroit.
I do have to wonder how Pratters and Kalinin feel about this whole situation. They’re the teams current UFA’s and they’re being overlooked by pretty much everyone because of the team’s past record with big name UFA’s. Its comically sad that these two are being overlooked when they’re a pretty essential – but not expensive – part of the team.