By John Vogl
Ryan Miller said a proper goodbye to Buffalo at the end of last season, waving to Sabres fans after the final game and preparing for a possible move in his hockey career.
The move never came. The goaltender is back in Buffalo, and he has no complaints.
"It’s good to be back and absolutely ready to go," Miller said in First Niagara Center as the Sabres gathered for physicals. "I have a great connection with the city, and I’ve enjoyed my time here. I’m just looking forward to getting started and do it all over again."
Miller said today he has a lot to prove this year, as he does every year, and he feels he's in a good place both on the ice and off it. He wants to compete at a high enough level to get the Sabres into the playoffs and make the U.S. Olympic team.
The 33-year-old, who is entering the final year of his contract, said he's prepared to be professional about the trade speculation that will accompany him throughout the season. He said there have been no recent talks about an extension, but he hasn't closed the door on the option.
Miller also explained his decision to sell his Buffalo home at the end of last season. Though it looked like another sign he wanted out of town, he says he had long planned to sell the townhouse before the final year of his contract so he didn't get lowballed and get stuck with the home. He's renting now.
The complete audio of his interview is below.