What will likely be the Sabres' biggest question until the end of June?
Will Ryan Miller remain between the pipes in Buffalo, or will he find a new home?
Right now, all indications seem to point to his departure. He has not been very committal in interviews, and some have even likened his situation to Patrick Roy's in Montreal before his trade to Colorado. Beyond that, Jhonas Enroth has looked great his past few starts and Matt Hackett, the other prospect that came over in the Pominville trade, has top-netminder potential.
For most, the question is not whether or not Miller can or will be traded, but rather, whether or not the Sabres can get an adequate package in return for the veteran.
Simply put, the price will not be cheap. Regardless of whether it's Darcy Regier or a new GM working the phones, the biggest hurdle will likely be the Sabres' insistence on a premier roster player in addition to a high pick and some prospects.
A trade of Miller, especially before the draft, will likely net the Sabres their third first-round pick, and while the overall depth of this draft is not great, the first-round talent is there, so three top picks will go a long way. That's why a top-three forward or a top-two defenseman will be key in any trade: The Sabres' prospect cupboard may be getting too full.
Stay tuned, folks. The Miller saga could unfold very quickly after the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs, especially seeing as how the draft could be a mere two days after the last possible date for a Stanley Cup Game 7 (June 28).