Sabres adding Miller doesn't mean subtracting Ristolainen
Sabres general manager Jason Botterill disputed the speculation that adding defenceman Colin Miller in a trade with Vegas directly leads to Buffalo subtracting another defenceman such as Rasmus Ristolainen.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sabres general manager Jason Botterill disputed the speculation that adding
"There's going to be
"I think there's always a demand for those," he said, referring to Miller and Ristolainen both being right-shot
The Sabres suddenly have plenty of talent on
Miller has three years left on the $15.5 million contract he signed last summer.
Aside from Ristolainen, Miller joins a group of
"Right now, to me, this gives us options," Botterill said. "We wanted to improve our competition and improve our depth, and that's why we made the move."
Ristolainen is the Sabres' workhorse after topping 24 minutes of ice time per game for the fourth consecutive season last year. He has three years left on a six-year $32.4 million contract.
Injuries are an issue, with Bogosian (hip) and Lawrence Pilut (shoulder) both expected to miss the start of next season.
Miller had what he called mixed emotions about being traded.
He's going to miss Vegas, where he led the team's
Another plus for Miller is he'll no longer worry about being mentioned in trade
"I won't be looking over my shoulder now at what Vegas is doing," he said. "Your focused on the opportunity that you now have moving forward. It's definitely a good one here."
Newly hired Sabres coach Ralph Krueger noted Miller fits his style of play, which is similar to the Golden Knights' speedy, aggressive approach. With the Sabres in the midst of an eight-year playoff drought, Krueger also noted Miller having extensive playoff experience, including Vegas' run to the Stanley Cup Final a year ago.
NOTES: The Sabres top draft pick,
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John Wawrow, The Associated Press