Sabres' Miller: NHL lockout is just to satisfy egos

TSN.ca Staff
10/25/2012 9:34:29 PM
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It appears Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller may be ready to take his talents across the pond as the NHL lockout continues.

"If a team needs a goalie, I need to start considering it," Miller wrote in an email to ESPN The Magazine.

The NHL is expected to cancel another slate of regular season games on Friday and there is word that the league may pull their current deal off the table, leaving a sense of uncertainty around when the issue will be resolved.

Miller outlined his frustrations with the state of affairs in his email to ESPN The Magazine.

"I think that a deal is there to be made and recent events lead me to believe the NHL is simply testing us," Miller wrote. "After they have satisfied their curiosity about the strength of our resolve we will have real negotiating for the first time in this whole debacle.

"The two sides are close enough to a deal that missing the bulk of a season is wrong and missing an entire season is not only insane, it is a blatant disregard for the sport, the fans and the culture we have grown over decades -- just to satisfy egos, not the needs of either side," Miller added.

There seemed to be hope in the negotiation process last week, as the two sides were meeting and a 50/50 split of the revenue was discussed. However, that hope faded this week when talks stalled.

With a block of regular season games having already been cancelled, it's easy to focus on the desire to have hockey back, but Miller's email to ESPN The Magazine went on to speak about the future revenue and how that impacts this negotiation.

"Consider that Canadian broadcasting rights are up for negotiations by 2014 and the Islanders will be in a new facility by 2015. Those are just two examples of things that are certain to put a lot more money into the league," he wrote.

"I am sure we can sit down and come up with many more examples, and speculate on other things that Gary [Bettman] will never admit to until a CBA is drafted, like relocation or expansion. So when the owners want us to take less than our latest proposal you have to remember they are asking for all of this and holding hockey hostage knowing they have a lot of new revenue coming down the line and they have seen us move toward them in every category. The least they could do is honour our contracts and find a way to start the hockey season."

Ryan Miller (Photo: Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
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