By Mike Harrington
Ryan Miller's situation is kind of back to where it was in April. Any game he plays could be his last one with the Buffalo Sabres. While it seems chatter about a trade of Miller prior to the Olympics has pretty much died down, tomorrow's game here against Pittsburgh could be his final one at home in Blue & Gold if the Sabres were to deal him immediately after the Olympic roster freeze ends.
"Anything is possible," Miller said after practice today in a wide-ranging session with reporters. "Just with the way the season's gone and the direction they could be headed. But again, we'll just wait to see what the plans start to become."
Miller admitted his future remains murky because the Sabres are still trying to forge their plan going forward.
"I still don't know what to say. There's been a change here even since there was a change here before," he said, referring to the hiring of new GM Tim Murray. "So it's like I'm waiting to see what the plan is and waiting to see what they have to offer. We haven't talked about anything with regard to contracts and we haven't talked about anything with regard to trades. They're doing their business."
"That's not really something I want to discuss with you guys," Miller said. "It's a private conversation about a business transaction. Really, that's what it comes down to. I'm waiting to see kind of what the plans are around here. that would kind of give a little more indication."
Miller will start here Wednesday night against the Penguins -- coached by Team USA boss Dan Bylsma -- and interim coach Ted Nolan said Miller might also play Thursday night in Ottawa. That's the Sabres' final pre-Olympic game and Miller would have lots of time off because the Americans don't open the Olympic tournament until Feb. 13 against Slovakia.
Miller said Bylsma hasn't told him anything about a decision to open the tournament with him in goal or Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick. Bylsma told reporters in Pittsburgh today he's still watching video of the two goaltenders more than any other position and is looking forward to one more chance of seeing Miller live here tomorrow.
For his part, Miller is prepared for the trip overseas this weekend. The Sabres' contingent (Miller, Zemgus Girgensons, Henrik Tallinder, Jhonas Enroth and Nolan) is expected to fly together to Newark and meet up with other NHL players to take a charter to Sochi.
"You take care of everything here for two weeks so you don't have to worry about things going on here," Miller said. "My mom and my sister are going to watch the dog and my wife and my dad are coming with me. Pretty much the rest of the world is going to be shut off for a while."
Click below to hear Miller's session with reporters today, which includes plenty of thoughts about Sochi and reflections of the experience four years ago in Vancouver.
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