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Emotional Miller says goodbye to Sabres; Ott excited to go with goalie to St. Louis

By John Vogl

Ryan Miller has been thinking for a while about what it would be like when he's finally traded from Buffalo. As expected, it was a tear-filled affair.

The goaltender fought back tears from the moment he stepped to the microphone tonight, and he finally had to cut off his comments about joining St. Louis when the emotion became too much.

"It just kind of hits you all at once," Miller said in First Niagara Center.

The goaltender, who spent 12 years in the Sabres' organization, is off to the Blues along with captain Steve Ott. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak, forwards Chris Stewart and William Carrier, a first-round pick in 2015 and a conditional pick in 2016 came to Buffalo.

Ott is excited he gets to go a contender along with Miller.

"Both of us want to live up to expectations," Ott said. "It's amazing. This guy here is the best goalie in the world."

Miller is also excited about the opportunity, but he wanted to say goodbye properly. The goalie, drafted by the Sabres in 1999, thanked the fans, ownership, his teammates and goalie coach Jim Corsi for the experiences.

"I've basically grown up here," said Miller, who will keep tabs on his old team. "I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do here."

The addition of Ott and Miller makes the Blues one of the top Stanley Cup contenders.

"I am very excited to have an opportunity for a new adventure," Miller said.

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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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