Netminder Ryan Miller inks three-year pact with Canucks

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – Goalie Ryan Miller has signed a three-year deal worth $6 million with the Vancouver Canucks, the team announced Tuesday.

With his arrival, Miller will occupy the position vacated by Roberto Luongo’s trade to the Florida Panthers last season.

Miller is also reunited with new Canucks general manager Jim Benning, who was part of the group that originally drafted him in Buffalo.

“I felt it was important to get a goalie with experience,” Benning said. “Over the years he’s played a lot of games. He gives us that experience that we need.”

Benning is familiar with the 33-year-old Miller, having worked in Buffalo’s scouting department when the Sabres drafted the player in 1999.

“He’s intense and focused,” Benning said. “Our younger players are going to see the way he works in practice, how hard be practices. It’s going to make them better players.

The two-time U.S. Olympian played parts of 11 seasons with the Sabres, where he won 284 games with a goals-against average of 2.60 and a save percentage of .916.

He was acquired at the trade deadline by the St. Louis Blues, where he struggled down the stretch with a 10-8-1 record and a .903 save percentage. In six playoff games with the Blues, Miller finished 2-4 with a .897 save percentage.

His body of work includes seven seasons with at least 30 wins and a career save percentage of .915 in 559 games with the Sabres and Blues. In 53 career playoff games, he’s 27-26 with a 2.49 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

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