NHL Rumors II: Free Agency – Miller, Ducks, Sharks, Canucks, Vanek, Greiss, Tikhonov and Komarov


  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Source saying the Ducks won’t be going after Ryan Miller when free agency starts, as they will be going with the tandem of John Gibson and Frederik Andersen. The San Jose Sharks are apparently not interested in Ryan Miller either, as they are looking to get younger.
  • News 1130 Sports: “Mike Liut the agent for ufa goalie Ryan Miller says his client wants to win a stanley cup – will be a key in where he signs. But Liut also says you can’t eliminate any teams – he wouldn’t be surprised if the #Canucks called, Jim Benning drafted Miller in Buffalo.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I question openly whether Vanek can handle the Western Conference game” … “I can’t imagine the Canadiens have any interest in Vanek as a UFA” … “We don’t know what Vanek is feeling. Maybe he’s feeling the pressure. Maybe it’s not a lack of motivation. Maybe it’s overwhelming” … “Vanek has no interest going into the danger areas or competing for the puck” … Dreger also noted that Vanek is losing money with the playoffs he’s having. Some team will always overpay for a free agent and will believe they have a coach that will be able to turn Vanek around.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that Thomas Greiss is the only pending UFA that he’s talked too, but he plans on touching base will all of the others. He’s interested in bringing Greiss back.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said he’s reached out to Viktor Tikhonov’s agent to see if there is any interest in him  returning to the NHL next year.
  • Stephen Whyno: Pending UFA Leo Komarov said he wants to come back to the NHL. He doesn’t know if it will be with the Maple Leafs or with someone else.

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  1. #1 by ChrisB at May 22nd, 2014

    If Miller wants a Stanley Cup, he might want to brush up on his NHL 14, because I can’t think of one cup contender that could use him, unless he takes one hell of a pay cut. St. Louis was probably his best shot, and it looks like they’re moving on from him.

    Playoff contenders? Sure, there are a slew of them that could make him an offer. Whether they think adding Miller would turn them into a cup contender is a different story. But anything can happen in the playoffs, if the last couple years are any indication.

  2. #2 by Canucks fan at May 22nd, 2014

    Shocked the Sharks aren’t interested in Miller. Definitely don’t want the Canucks to sign him as I am so eager to see how Eddie Lack fares in his first full season as the starter if that’s the case. Is Pittsburgh an option? Maybe even Minny but I doubt they have the space after signing Vanek.

  3. #3 by Leaf hater at May 22nd, 2014

    Lack is nothing!!

  4. #4 by ChrisB at May 22nd, 2014

    Minny and Pittsburgh are probably the top 2 possibilities that come to my mind. Wild’s cap situation is much more doable than Pittsburgh, even if they do get Vanek.

    Both teams need to figure out what way they’re going with their current goalies. Minny’s is probably more trickier, since they’re dealing with 3, instead of just one with Fleury.

  5. #5 by ConnorM at May 22nd, 2014

    I think Miller is still a top end goaltender. Whether or not any cup contending teams could use him, thats the Q. I say Pittsburgh/Canucks are the best options, Let Miller and Lack split the season 50/50 and who ever does best at the stretch take the playoff run. Similar situation to Pittsburgh, I’m hearing that the new GM will most likely not bring Fleury back, and big changes. I think he’ll have to take $6mill per 3 year, or $5mill for any longer. Possibly shorter term with $6mill.

  6. #6 by Canucks fan at May 23rd, 2014

    Yeah great idea Connor.. ANOTHER goalie controversy in Vancouver; sign Miller to 5 plus million then play him 41 games? No thank you I’d rather miss the playoffs draft in the top 10 maybe move up and grab a guy who would go in the top 2 in this years draft..

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