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Sabres' Ryan Miller: 'I don’t think we scrap an entire project'

Ryan Miller admits it's been a rough season. He understands why people see the Sabres and want moves made.

But the goaltender doesn't think an overhaul is the best way to go about it.

"The fan element is you want things to happen, you want drama to happen, and you want your team to be the best right now," Miller said today after practice, a few hours before the 3 p.m. trade deadline. "We weren’t playing good hockey, and everybody pulls out all the stops and hits the panic button.

"Honestly, they had a right to be angry and concerned, but I think we’ve sorted a few of the issues that had to with the way we were playing our system. I think we’ve been a lot more consistent lately. It’s the kind of hockey we need to play.

"I don’t think we scrap an entire project. I think the fans have to realize that sets you back years. What we’re looking for is the right tweaks and the right adjustments. That doesn’t come from just throwing everybody out the window."

Miller is among those watching what has been a slow deadline so far.

"We’re all kind of waiting to see what’s going on," he said. "As you can see, there’s not a lot of movement in the league right now because honestly there’s a lot of parity and there’s a lot of teams that feel they’re really close, and you don’t just scrap everything every time something’s not going your way. You try and build up to something."

---John Vogl

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