The retooling of the Vancouver Canucks continued on Tuesday, as they signed veteran goaltender Ryan Miller to a three-year contract. Although financial terms were not disclosed, the deal is reportedly worth $6 million per season.
By signing with Vancouver, the 33-year-old Miller is heading back to the site of his masterful 2010 Olympic performance. In the Vancouver Olympics, Miller backstopped the United States to a silver medal, being named tournament MVP after posting a staggering 1.35 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage.
A Buffalo Sabre for his entire career, Miller was shipped to the St. Louis Blues a week before the trade deadline last season. In 59 games split between the two clubs, Miller had 25 wins, a 2.64 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. He was not quite as good during the playoffs, posting a 2.70 goals against average and a .897 save percentage, as the Blues were eliminated in the first round. The team did not offer Miller a new contract.
An 11-year veteran, Miller has 559 NHL games under his belt. In his career, Miller has 294 wins behind a 2.59 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. He was selected by the Sabres in the fifth round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
Miller will hopefully provide some stability for the carousel that has been the Vancouver Canucks net in recent years. Cory Schnieder was shipped to the New Jersey Devils during last year’s draft. Longtime netminder Roberto Luongo was dealt to the Florida Panthers at last season’s trade deadline. The net was left to unproven youngsters Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom for the remainder of the season, both of whom are still on the roster.
The signing comes on the heels of a very busy draft day for the Canucks, as they shipped out both Ryan Kesler and Jason Garrison, and brought in Nick Bonino, Derek Dorsett, Linden Vey and Luca Sbisa in a flurry of deals.