by Amy Moritz
With the way trade talk has been around First Niagara Center this week, it appears that Ryan Miller will likely be traded by next Wednesday's trade deadline.
He will, however, get one more start in Buffalo.
Interim coach Ted Nolan said the starting goaltender for Friday's game against the San Jose Sharks is "probably Miller. Miller will go."
Nolan also said the decision on which goalie to start was his. The plan was to start Miller in the game back from the Olympic break (Tuesday's win over Carolina) and start Jhonas Enroth on Wednesday (a win over Boston).
"It’s up to me," Nolan said. "We kinda thought going in Ryan would be the freshest one of the two and it worked out that way. Back-to-back is tough when you first come back, so we thought a couple days in between would be good for him. So that’s why."
Miller spoke with the media and answered questions about his time in Buffalo.
"I don't to close off any avenues … with the little bit of uncertainty you don’t want to miss an opportunity to say thank you," Miller said.
"The collective energy from the city, people have to realize how that makes a difference to us and to the players. It’s a great place to play hockey. You feel a part of something. You feel appreciated. When you give an honest effort, there’s positive feedback from everyone. That’s more than you can ask for."
And then there are memories of his interactions with fans.
"I’ve been at Wegmans a number of years ago trying to pick up groceries and I got a lesson in how to hold my stick," Miller said. "I’ve had sweet old ladies run up and give me a hug. They kinda scared me half to death, coming up from the side and grabbing me. After you get past that little startling … it feels nice to have a sweet, old lady give you a hug and say she likes to watch you play and that you maybe need to eat a little more because you look a little thin."
Check out the audio from Miller: And here are Nolan's full comments from practice: