Ryan Miller's short – and unsuccessful – tenure with the St. Louis Blues is all but over.
Brian Elliott was signed to a three-year contract extension on Monday by the Blues and general manager Doug Armstrong noted that Jake Allen will be the other goalie in the tandem, leaving Miller as the odd man out.
On July 1, the 33-year-old will likely hit the market as an unrestricted free agent.
Being one of the most coveted free agents in this year's market, especially in net, where do you think Miller will end up?
The Pittsburgh Penguins seem to be a logical fit. They're coming off another disappointing early playoff exit which led to the firing of GM Ray Shero and the possible termination of head coach Dan Bylsma in the near future. Marc-Andre Fleury had another less-than-stellar post-season performance between the pipes, leading to the desire for change in Pittsburgh. Miller might be the guy to fill the void for a team that expects to hoist the Cup every year.
The Minnesota Wild are a solid club lacking a reliable presence in goal as well. Darcy Kuemper took over as the starter last season after Josh Harding (multiple sclerosis) and Niklas Backstrom (strained abdominal muscle) struggled with health issues. Ilya Bryzgalov was sharp in his playoff stint in relief of Kuemper, but his career has shown he can't be counted on as a starter.
The Washington Capitals missed the playoffs for the first time in six years. For most of the season, Braden Holtby was the man between the pipes for the defensively-challenged Capitals and Miller would be considered an improvement. With GM George McPhee and head coach Adam Oates out, change is in the air in Washington.
California could also be a viable destination for Miller. The San Jose Sharks blew a 3-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round and even though it wasn't Antti Niemi's fault, a change might be in order.
The Dallas Stars is also an option with Lindy Ruff – Miller's former coach in Buffalo – behind the bench. However, Kari Lehtonen has four more years left on his contract and has been solid for Dallas since joining the club in 2009.
It's possible Miller would like to play in his home state of Michigan with the Detroit Red Wings, but with Jimmy Howard manning the net, another move would need to be made to accommodate the Michigan State product.
Could Canada be desirable for Miller? The Vancouver Canucks used to have Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider. Now they have Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom. With the Canucks' window closing by the day, Vancouver might be interested in giving Miller an expensive, short-term deal for one last kick at the can.
The Edmonton Oilers are another franchise that could use an upgrade in net, but Miller wants to win now and Edmonton is a tough sell for that reason. The same could be said for the Winnipeg Jets, who may not be convinced that Ondrej Pavelec is the answer.
Miller is entering the latter half of his career. The time for him to choose a winner is now. So, where will Ryan Miller play next season?
As always, it's Your! Call.