Friday, October 18, 2013

Is Miller the answer for Edmonton?

From where I sit it looks like there's plenty of juicy rumours surrounding the Oilers goaltending...


The latest speculation sees Buffalo's Ryan Miller heading west for Nail Yakupov. Maybe throw Thomas Vanek in there from Buffalo and a couple others from Edmonton. This sounds like an appealing deal...Oilers need help in net. The Sabres just need help. But, honestly, who outside of buffalo thinks this is a good plan. Apart form the no trade clause for Miller, he's famous for having a major-league chip on his shoulder. Following their latest loss (to Vancouver) Miller refused to talk to reporters. Good luck with that in Edmonton. It would be a huge gamble for the Oilers, not just that Yakupov could become a star in Buffalo, but that there could be nothing in return. Miller has made it clear he doesn't want to come to Edmonton, plus he's in the last year of his contract. Even if he agrees to the deal, I would fully expect him to leave at season's end. So, the Oilers trade a number 1 overall pick with just over half a season in the league for what could be nothing. I'm not saying don't trade someone, but try to get a player who actually wants to be in Edmonton. The franchise doesn't need another Pronger. Or Heatly. Or Vanek.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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