St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) – The St. Louis Blues acquired Olympic goaltender Ryan Miller and Steve Ott in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres.
In exchange, the Blues gave up Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier and two draft selections, including a first-round pick in 2015.
The Blues believe that is the goalie who can lead them to the Stanley Cup.
Miller is the MVP of the Olympics for Team USA at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, and a backup goalie at the recent Olympics.
In 540 NHL games, all with Buffalo, Miller is 284-186-56 with a 2.60 goals-against average and a .916 save-percentage. With the Sabres this year, he is 15-22-3 with a 2.72 GAA and .923 save-percentage.
“It’s definitely humbling and flattering that (the Blues) would make that kind of move and bring us in with the intention of giving them some help to push for a Stanley Cup,” said Miller.
Miller, 33, is in the final year of a five-year, $31.3 million contract with the Sabres.
Ott, 31, is an 11-year NHL veteran that has accumulated 163 goals and 264 points, along with 1,318 penalty minutes, in 673 games.
He is in the final season of a four-year, $11.8 million deal and will also become an unrestricted free agent after 2013-14.