Today, the Buffalo Sabres extended the contract of starting goaltender Ryan Miller.
His current deal was set to expire after the 2008-09 season, which would have made him an unrestricted free agent. The new deal makes sure he will be in a Sabres uniform through the 2013-14 season.
Miller was one of the few constants for the Sabres last season. The 28-year-old netminder posted 36 victories with a 2.64 GAA and three shutouts.
The move couldn't have come sooner for the Sabres and their fan base. The team hasn't shown a commitment to improving the last few seasons, letting Daniel Briere and Chris Drury walk via free agency, trading star defenseman Brain Campbell at the deadline last year and then trading the player acquired in that deal, Steve Bernier, this summer.
Miller will keep adding his laid back demeanor, solid puck-stopping skills and ironman work ethic - he started 76 games last season, a franchise record - to the Sabres back end.
The Sabres obviously feel that Miller is a key cog in the core of their team and this writer is happy to see that Buffalo will remain his home for the next few years.