By John Vogl
PITTSBURGH -- As the trade deadline approaches, some teams have begun increasing their interest in goaltenders. Ryan Miller's name has been kept out of most chatter so far.
The Sabres' No. 1 netminder left the morning skate first today in Consol Energy Center, an indicator he will be in goal against the Penguins tonight. Whether he will be on Buffalo's roster Thursday, the day after the trade deadline, is still up for debate.
"I have no true sense of it," a source close to the goaltender said.
The most-talked about names for trades have been Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff, Vancouver's Roberto Luongo and Los Angeles' Jonathan Bernier.
"To add Ryan to that mix only further confuses the conversation," the source said.
Toronto is interested in adding a goalie. The Sabres don't face the Maple Leafs again this season, but they could play them up to five times next year, the final year of Miller's contract.
Like Jason Pominville, Miller has a modified no-trade clause in which he can list eight teams to which he would not accept a trade. He denied a report that he submitted the list prior to the season, but it's unclear whether he joined Pominville in supplying one this week. The goaltender doesn't conduct interviews on game days when he's playing.