Updated 09:39 PM EST, Tue, Mar 02, 2021

NHL Free Agency Rumors: Does Ryan Miller Want to Play With Anaheim Ducks Next Season?

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St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller and Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Miller might end up playing for different teams next season, depending on their team's performances in the postseason.

According to ESPN NHL analyst Victoria Matiash, the Blues' priority may still be signing Miller to a contract extension, but that decision would hinge on the veteran goaltender's showing in the playoffs. Despite his advanced age, the 33-year-old Miller remains one of the most coveted players scheduled to hit the free agency market this summer.

Miller, who was traded by the Buffalo Sabres to St. Louis before the trade deadline, has already recorded 10 wins with 410 saves and a 2.44 goal against average through 18 games with his new team.

It's no secret the Blues will attempt to lock down Miller with a lucrative contract extension. However, Matiash believes the veteran goaltender is also looking into the possibility of taking his talents to California, where he usually spends the offseason.

"The intention on behalf of the St. Louis Blues regarding their shiny, new-to-them goalie is relatively straightforward: The club wants to re-sign Miller before July 1. But even though he's said to be open to signing a fresh deal in St. Louis, the 33-year-old may have another preferred destination in mind," wrote Matiash. 

Miller is struggling to hold his ground between the pipes as of late—a development that opened up the opportunity for youngsters Frederik Andersen and Jonas Gibson to showcase their potential.

For Miller, there's no better deal out there than an extension with the Blues. California might be a dream destination, but the Blues can provide him the money and the opportunity to win at the same time.

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