Quick Shifts: Ryan Miller, No Olympic Medal For Team Canada, Poile Not Going To Sochi

Just because the Winter Olympics are in full swing doesn’t mean we don’t have some news. Welcome to Quick Shifts.

It’s a well know fact that the Buffalo Sabres are looking to move star goaltender Ryan Miller. The question is what team is willing to make the move to bring in the All-World Olympic goaltender? In a post on Fansided.com has a post on moving Miller. In that post they talked about Miller’s age and how a goaltender tends to fade off a bit. I couldn’t agree more. The Sabres need to make a move and they need to do it for the future. Ryan Miller may only have another three or four years of starting goaltender left in him. The problem is Miller will be looking for a seven-year contract. The numbers just don’t add up for the rebuilding Sabres.

If Miller is not traded before the March 5 NHL Trade Deadline, the Buffalo Sabres will be making a huge mistake. Jeff Langridge

Earlier this week TMMOTS posted about USA Hockey GM David Poile being injured. It has been reported that Poile will not be going to Sochi for the Olympics. NHL.com has reported that Ray Sheri will act as the GM in Poile’s absence. While I’m sure Poile would love to make the trip to Sochi it’s just not a good idea to travel that far after have just undergone a few surgeries.

We are in good and constant contact with David during the past three days and certainly today,” Johansson said. “He’s our general manager and it is just unfortunate that he can’t join us in Sochi. We’re going to miss David as a friend. NHL.com

And finally the “experts at CBSSports.com have released their picks to medal in Sochi. Their picks are a little different from expected. While I would love to see USA get on the podium, it is far from a lock. However, Andrew DeWitt of CBS Sports says that Canada will not medal.  I’d be really shocked if Canada doesn’t find a way to medal.

Canada took home the gold medal the last time on home ice in Vancouver topping the United States in overtime on Sidney Crosby’s goal. But the last time the games were held on the Olympic-sized ice in Turin, Italy, both Canada and the United States failed to medal with Sweden winning gold. CBSSports

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