Ryan Miller made it clear today he has not changed his mind. He wants to be a Buffalo Sabre.
Miller, who said during his struggles two months ago he wants to be a part of the team's future accomplishments, responded to persistent trade rumors today with a text message to a TSN reporter.
"I have not and will not ask for a trade," Miller reportedly said in the text. "I will fall on the 'Sabre' before that. Please no one ask me again."
Miller was rumored to have asked to be shopped earlier this season but emphatically denied it.
"I'm proud to be a Sabre, I'm excited for what we can accomplish moving forward and I want to be a part of it," Miller said in late November. "There's no reason for me to want to leave. ... I think the grass doesn't get much greener than it is here."
Miller lasted just more than a period during Monday's 5-0 loss to Detroit, allowing all the goals on 14 shots. With the Sabres continuing to struggle, trade talk and conversations about front-office and coaching shake-ups have intensified.
The Sabres, who visit Chicago tonight and play in Winnipeg on Thursday, did not have a morning skate. Mike Harrington will have more when he and the team arrive in United Center this afternoon.