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December 1, 2011

Miller laughs off trade rumors, close to return

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BUFFALO —

The rumors began Sunday, when the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson, a Hall of Fame writer, wrote, “We keep hearing that Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is out with a concussion and wouldn’t mind if the Sabres traded him.”

“It’s funny when you hear things like ‘wouldn’t mind.’ That implies someone’s asked me,” said Miller, who has a limited no-trade clause of eight teams he can refuse. “I’ve never made a comment about my status with the team. My comment about my status with the team now is I’m proud of being a Sabre. I’m excited for what we can accomplish moving forward, and I want to be a part of it. There’s no reason for me to want to leave the situation.

“We have great new ownership who’s excited to put a winner on the ice, and I want to be a part of it.”

There was also a published report Anaheim general manager Bob Murray, who’s shopping winger Bobby Ryan, has asked Regier about Miller. Several Ducks scouts have watched the Sabres recently.

“It’s something you just laugh about,” Miller said about all the speculation. “It’s something where someone needs Web hits … or if the trade happens two years from now, they broke the story. They threw spaghetti at the wall to see if it would stick.”

Some have also surmised Miller, who lives much of the year apart from his wife, California-based actress Noureen Dewulf, would welcome a trade out west.

“This is what I want to do with my life,” Miller said. “I want to be a goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres.”

Incredibly, the trade talk has almost overshadowed Miller’s imminent return. The Sabres host Detroit on Friday and play Saturday in Nashville.

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