Not one day after we wondered why Darcy Regier has been sitting around playing Sudoku all summer, he makes a move few people expected.
Goaltender Ryan Miller, who many thought destined to wear the Winged Wheel in his native Michigan, has re-upped with Buffalo for another five years at $6.25 million per.
“I wanted to commit to Buffalo based on who we have there and I feel like our team has accomplished a lot in the last three years,” Miller said. “Last year, I just count that year as a hiccup. We’re going to learn and be motivated.”
Pretty steep for a goalie of Miller’s quality, but worth the investment for Buffalo (they weren’t going to spend it on actual unrestricted free agents) and it keeps a well-liked, marketable netminder in town for a few more years.
In an interview on Buffalo’s sports talk station, Miller said the two big factors in his decision to re-sign were Paul Gaustad getting his contract extended, and “going up to Wegman’s,” a popular supermarket chain in the Buffalo area.