Miller’s Town

by Ryan

Sometimes you just have to love technology. I wasn’t around yesterday to take in all the locker room clean out and interviews, so I was hoping the Sabres would have videos up by the time I got home. A few quotes here and there are helpful, but the real interview I was waiting for was from Ryan Miller.

This morning I woke up and there wasn’t anything there. Mike Harrington noticed as well, and wrote a post about it on Sabres Edge. Someone must be reading Sabres Edge, because just a few minutes after that post goes up the Sabres’ Twitter responds and says videos will be up shortly.

Here they are. As expected, the best interview by far is from Miller, so here’s that:

What I love about Ryan Miller is that it looks like he wants to talk. I’ve never interviewed him personally, but just based on the way he answers questions I think that’s pretty obvious. He knows he is smart enough to speak his mind, and so he talks without fear. It’s not just answering questions with Miller. He takes a question and elaborates on the issue, and I’ve never seen that with an athlete before.

Think about how few questions were actually asked in just under five minutes. Miller takes a question, considers it, and then gives a real answer. There’s nothing generic about Miller, and that’s why he’s the best interview on the team. He’s also the player I respect the most because of it. The closest thing to being accountable to the fans is being accountable to the media, and Miller never backs down in that regard.

That said I do think Ryan made a lot of good points. His calls for “swagger” and not a replica of the team from two years ago are spot on: we will never see that team again. He also made some really good points about players growing into roles and what is expected of guys as they get older. His “pat on the head” comments reminded me of guys like Pominville and Roy right away, and it’s not hard to figure out what he was saying with comments like that.

I find it interesting that Miller asked for one more summer to figure things out. In effect he sets up a deadline for the team: one more year to get things together. He wouldn’t say his expectations otherwise, but I think it’s clear that the team wants one more chance to fix things before it all gets blown up. In the face of calls for Darcy and Lindy to get fired, that’s an interesting proposition.

I’m not sure I’m willing to sit through another summer of inaction, but for Miller I’m willing to consider it. Only Miller, though.


  1. I’m not sure about a summer of inaction even if it’s for Miller. But I’m not exactly one who wants it blown up. A few strategic changes (some of which are long overdue) will do the job. Miller’s right when he says that there is a ton of talent in the organization. Now it just needs to be tied together with some leadership and a little more heart.

    • I suppose I should have been a bit more specific, but I was trying to be brief. (As you can tell, I have a hard time with that.) I really doubt we see no changes, but I think what Miller is talking about is not changing the so called “core” of the team. To me that would include guys like Hecht, who are also on the chopping block. I want to see change for sure, but I think Miller is talking about the severity of change and hoping it is minimal.

      Sorry, I know that was confusing and I might have just made it worse…

  2. I’m not sure I’m willing to sit through another summer of inaction, but for Miller I’m willing to consider it. Only Miller, though.

    That’s basically how I feel about it too. I’ve said it several times before, but I always appreciate and respect what Miller has to say because he actually says something of substance. It’s refreshing.

  3. I went through his comments, too…I just can’t see there NOT being major changes this offseason. Their cap situation is such they can’t just sign a bunch of guys to play a different style, it’s got to come from trades or other moves (buyouts?).

    I absolutely love Miller interviews, though. He doesn’t talk in cliches or circles (clircles?)