By Mike Harrington
In one of the biggest trades in Buffalo Sabres history and the first one under new general manager Tim Murray, goaltender Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott have been dealt to the St. Louis Blues.
Miller and Ott will join the Blues in Phoenix, where they play Sunday. They were scratched by the Sabres just before the warmup for tonight's game against San Jose in First Niagara Center. The Sabres play in St. Louis on April 3.
Halak, 28, has played 40 games for the Blues, posting a 24-9-4 record with a .917 save percentage and 2.23 goals against average. He has four shutouts this season, tied for second in the NHL, and is best known for leading the Montreal Canadiens to the Eastern Conference finals in 2010.
Through his eight NHL seasons in Montreal and St. Louis, Halak has played in 260 games, going 139-81-26, .917 and 2.38. The Bratislava, Slovakia, native was awarded a share the William M. Jennings Trophy in 2011-12 for achieving the league’s lowest goals-against average (1.97).
The 6-2, 231-pound Stewart has 15 goals and 11 assists in 58 games for the Blues this season after leading St. Louis last year with 18 goals and 36 points. Stewart, 26, was Colorado's first-round pick (18th overall) in 2006. In six NHL seasons, Stewart has 115 goals and 228 points in 377 games.
Carrier was a second-round pick in 2013. He has 17 goals and 56 points in 59 games for Drumondville/Cape Breton of the Quebec Junior League. He is 6-1, 196 and is 19 years old.