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Ryan Miller and Steve Ott head to St. Louis Blues in blockbuster deal

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With the trade deadline less than a week away, the St. Louis Blues made quite the splash on Friday, acquiring goaltender Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott from the Buffalo Sabres.

"The thought of getting the grit and determination of player like Steve Ott, and obviously Ryan Miller's resume speaks for itself, we think this gives us a better opportunity for success this year," said Blues general manager Doug Armstrong.

In exchange for the two, St. Louis sent goaltender Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a 2015 first round draft pick and a conditional 2016 third round draft pick. The third round pick becomes a 2014 first round pick if the Blues reach the Western Conference finals or Miller (a pending unrestricted free agent) re-signs with the Blues prior to the 2014 draft.

As part of the deal, Buffalo will also retain some of Miller’s $6.25 million salary this season.

"Ryan Miller is an all-world goalie that has shown it time and time again," said Blues captain David Backes. "I've seen it in a couple of Olympics where he's as good as anyone in the business. And Steve Ott, playing against him, he adds a lot of grit and is hard to play against, the type of player you want to have on your team in the playoffs."

Miller’s 15-22-3 record leaves something to be desired; but on a struggling Sabres team, it could have been much worse. The 33-year-old netminder does boast a respectable .923 save percentage, which is 10th in the league.

"I'm very excited for the opportunity to have a new adventure, a new opportunity," said Miller. "I have a strong sense that they have a special team, that they work hard. I know some of the guys on the team with the USA [Olympic] program, and they have a very strong competitive spirit."

The 31-year-old Ott was in his second season with the Sabres and his first season as captain. He has 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) and 55 penalty minutes in 58 games this season.

"I'm very thankful for the opportunity in my short time here with the Sabres," said Ott. "Now I'm off to a new adventure. I'm going to miss the teammates I've gotten to know in this dressing room the last little while, and the coaching staff as well."

Both Ott and Miller are expected to be in uniform when the Blues take on the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday.

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