Ranking Buffalo Sabres Goalie Ryan Miller's Most Likely Trade Destinations

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Ranking Buffalo Sabres Goalie Ryan Miller's Most Likely Trade Destinations
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The Buffalo Sabres are in a tough spot with franchise goalie Ryan Miller.

Normally, the team would be in great shape. Miller is a pending unrestricted free agent and a difference-maker of proven quality, exactly the kind of veteran a rebuilding team typically can move for a massive return at the trade deadline. But in this case, there are problems.

First, the market for goaltenders is weak. Lots of teams have netminders available for trade, and while Miller is a cut above the rest, the few teams looking have plenty of options and little incentive to pay full price.

Second, Miller comes with a $6.25 million cap hit, as per CapGeek.com, which is going to be a difficult number for a contender to digest.  

Finally, Miller has a limited no-trade clause. According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, Miller can block a trade to eight different teams, one of which is the Edmonton Oilers. Other clubs in need of goalie help, like Winnipeg and Calgary, are also likely to be on that list.

With few teams looking and some of those teams unacceptable to Miller, where will the Sabres move him? This slideshow ranks what we feel are the likeliest destinations. 

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