BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - While many Sabres fans thought they may have seen Ryan Miller's last game in a Buffalo uniform at home on Tuesday, Sabres interim head coach Ted Nolan says he will be between the pipes Friday night when the team hosts the San Jose Sharks.
"It's up to me," said Nolan of his decision to start Miller tomorrow night, in what will likely be his final game in a Sabres sweater inside First Niagara Center.
"It seems likely that given my status at the end of the year they are likely to trade me," admitted Miller Thursday after practice. "If we had more time to see what moves they made before the trade deadline...I could take all summer and see where everything shakes out, but it seems like a risky proposal for both sides. Right now it's a business decision and not really a personal thing and we'll see where it goes."
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The former Vezina Trophy winner did get a little personal when asked to reflect on the Buffalo community and his interactions with the areas passionate fans.
"I feel like I'm fortunate. I've met some great people and some great fans.... I do appreciate everyone who has supported me and with the uncertainty you don't want to miss an opportunity to say thank you," said Miller, before recalling a few off-ice memories that stuck out.
"I've been at Wegmans a couple of years ago trying to pick up groceries and I got a lesson on how to hold my stick," recalled Miller. "And I've had sweet old ladies come up and give me a hug. After you get past that little startling.... it feels nice to have a sweet old lady give you a hug and say she likes to watch you play and that you maybe need to eat a little more because you look a little thin."
Sabres forward Tyler Ennis sat out practice this morning after being scratched Wednesday due to "soreness". Nolan said after practice that he hopes to have Ennis back for tomorrow night.