Not much deep insight is needed into the trading of Ryan Miller from the Sabres to the Blues on Friday evening. The star goalkeeper goes from one of the worst defensive teams to one of the best — he’ll be facing 10 fewer shots (35-25) per game — and his goals-against average, save percentage and wins total should all reflect that. His owners should be smiling.
The losers, in the nets, will likely be Blues’ Brian Elliott, who becomes a true backup behind Miller, and Jaroslav Halak, who heads east and could either be flipped in another deal before Wednesday or, because he is an expiring contract, wind up watching as much as he plays if the rebuilding Sabres opt to give a younger Jhonas Enroth a longer look.
Of the forwards involved, Steve Ott — pretty much a fantasy bust this season — will go from top six in Buffalo to bottom six in St. Louis, but may have a superior cast of potential linemates to work with. Chris Stewart, meanwhile, should see his ice time increase in Buf