Buffalo Sabres' Ryan Miller Will Not Be Traded at the Deadline

Mark FischerContributor IIJanuary 22, 2012

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 26: Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres sits on the ice after giving up Washingtons' second goal of the game at First Niagara Center on December 26, 2011 in Buffalo, New York.Buffalo won 4-2.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Lately, the Buffalo Sabres have been absolutely atrocious. They have more than earned their spot in the depths of the Eastern Conference, ahead of only the woeful Carolina Hurricanes.

Anytime a team struggles, rumors of potential trades are brought about. That's just the nature of the game.

One guy who has found his name in the trade rumor mill is goaltender Ryan Miller.

I'll just come out and say it: Folks, it ain't happening; Ryan Miller will not be traded at the trade deadline.

Despite his inability to stop a beach ball this season, Miller is still one of the most highly-regarded goaltenders in the game.

Perhaps Miller is just having a bad season? Or maybe his play thus far is an indicator of what's to come in the future? Yeah, I'll go with the former. The whole Sabres team is struggling, and Miller is a product of just that.

Why give up on a guy who has been lights out for his entire career until this point? He's been the sole reason why the Sabres have been competitive for the past few years.

Miller has two years remaining on his contract, worth $6.250 million a year, per capgeek. You rarely see salaries of this magnitude being moved during the regular season, especially in this salary-cap era.

If Miller ends up being dealt—it would be a colossal mistake—it will be during the offseason.