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Miller says Sabres misused Pominville on power play, backing former captain's earlier statements

Jason Pominville's numbers dipped this season before the Sabres traded him Wednesday. During a recent conversation with The News, the former captain said playing on the blue line on the power play was a big reason why.

Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller agrees.

"In my mind, he’s playing power play on the point, where he’s not even the most effective with his shot," Miller said today while discussing the trade of his longtime friend and teammate. "They have him there because he’s responsible, and he’s a guy who can make passes, make plays. He’s not always going to be the guy getting the goal, not always going to be the guy getting the trigger. He was on the power play to make sure everything’s going to be smooth in that area of the ice.

"I would argue that I want him close to the net. So he sucks it up, does what he has to do, doesn’t complain, doesn’t say anything. Just does his job.

"That’s the unfortunate part. Those are the kind of guys you want, and we haven’t been able to keep them lately."

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