That leaves Sabres goalie Ryan Miller as the obvious choice, but the risk involved in swapping for Buffalo’s netminder would be high — for both sides. There’s no reason for the Sabres to do anything to help New York. Remember, Buffalo acquired, conditionally, the Islanders’ first-round pick in 2014, as well as a second-rounder in ’15, as part of the Thomas Vanek for Matt Moulson deal. It’s in the Sabres’ best interest then to see New York fail. And even if Islanders GM Garth Snow was willing to pay Buffalo’s price (a high pick and a solid, though not elite, prospect), it might mean putting his job on the line. Miller and Vanek are pending UFAs, and if both walked after Snow had emptied New York’s coffers to acquire them, the losses would be devastating to the franchise. So what’s likely to happen? Look for Snow to make two smaller deals: one to acquire a goalie with some longer-term potential, and one for a veteran defenseman to shore up the Islanders’ shaky blue line.To that I will add: If I was Garth Snow and had been fleeced by the Sabres once in 2013, I'd probably turn my attention to another trading partner. The Islanders need one if not two defenseman, and yes, they do need to find a long-term solution at goalie, which Miller currently isn't. And even if the Isles do want to make a pitch for Miller, they'll have every opportunity to do that on July 1 when the American becomes a UFA. As far as Miller's current value in light of Henrik Lundqvist's seven-year deal with the Rangers, Muir had some thoughts on that as well:
Speaking of Miller, what’s he worth now in the wake of Henrik Lundqvist’s seven-year, $59.5 million deal? At 33, Miller is two years older than the King, so it’s hard to see anyone giving him a contract that match’s the length of Lundqvist’s agreement, but the average annual value might not be that far off. Something in the neighborhood of four years and $26 million for Miller seems likely, although another bravura Olympic performance for Team USA could up the ante.Sounds about right. But Miller sounds like a bargain at that price. Expect him to light up the league once he gets a new lease on life, preferable with a team that can play in front of him.