In the 2006 playoffs, the Sabres took a risk and went with Ryan Miller as the goalie for their playoff run. Miller won a lot of games, but I was thinking Martin Biron was a better choice.
Miller was given the starting job after that, and I still wasn't sold. Biron was traded away to Philly, and I shook my head questioning the choice of who to trade.
All my doubts have gone away after watching Miller this season. I have always thought he was a good goaltender, but wasn't sure he was the right choice between him and Biron. Mostly because I felt Biron hasn't been given a fair shake wherever he goes.
I will admit this year that Miller has been the most consistent and outstanding goaltender in the NHL this year. This was made the most clear in the 2-1 Shoot Out victory over the Flames on November 13th. Both Kiprusoff and Miller were outstanding. Kiprusoff is known for being the one to make spectacular save after spectacular save. That night Miller was even with his spectacular save count, and was the only reason the Sabres won that night.
Both teams could have scored 5-6 beautiful goals, but in the end Miller was standing tall.
The Sabres are playing well, and Miller is playing even better. If the trend continues, the Sabres will be strong contenders come playoff time, and Miller could easily be holding the Vezina, and the Conn Smythe come awards night.