Canucks Fans, Meet Ryan Miller (VIDEO)
The Vancouver Canucks signed high-profile free agent Ryan Miller on Tuesday, adding a veteran presence to their net while presumed backups Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom develop into starting goaltenders, or something like it. (And there's Thatcher Demko, too.)
The 33-year-old Miller, who won a silver medal in Vancouver with Team USA in 2010, signed for three years and $18 million.
"A lot of things excite me about this organization and this team on the ice, and of course the community and the region," Miller told Canucks TV reporter Joey Kenward on Tuesday.
"The Olympics was a chance to spend some quality time in this city. There's not many times you can spend two weeks in one place when you're in the NHL. This being in the west side of the world, you know I grew up in Michigan, didn't get out here too much... every time I've been here, it's just been a beautiful area with some great people.
"They're excited about hockey. They're really kind... that definitely played a factor."
Miller won a Vezina Trophy in 2010 with the Buffalo Sabres and has been to two Eastern Conference Finals, in 2006 and 2007. He was drafted 138th overall by the Sabres in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, when new Canucks GM Jim Benning was Buffalo's Director of Amateur Scouting.
He posted a 0.923 save percentage with the NHL-worst Sabres last season, but disappointed when he was traded to St. Louis before the NHL's trade deadline. The Blues lost in six games in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, and the team chose not to re-sign Miller this summer.