Jason Botterill's first off-season trade could be the start of significant changes to the Buffalo Saber's defensive core. The General Manager of the Buffalo Sabers acquired on Friday night defender Colin Miller of the Vegas Golden Knights Draft pick in the second round in 2021 and a draft pick in the fifth round in 2022.
Miller, who died in October 27 has recorded an average of 19 minutes and 29 seconds per game for Vegas in the last two seasons and scored regular season games in 147 70 points. He also played an important role in the Golden Knights' run to the Stanley Cup final last summer.
Botterill took advantage of Vegas as he needed room for a cap – Miller is under contract for another three seasons with an average annual value of $ 3.87 million ̵
Miller, Rasmus Ristolainen, Zach Bogosian, Brandon Montour and Casey Nelson all play on the right.  Botterill may have difficulty moving Bogosian as the 28-year-old has undergone a hip operation off-season that prevents him from preparing for the start of the season, and Montour is expected to play a prominent role in the Sabers this season Ristolainen, 24, has been the subject of trade rumors since February and declined to say he would return to Buffalo next season when b reporters have been busy with the subject during locker cleaning in April. Although Ristolainen has scored at least 40 points each in the last four seasons, his minus 143 rating since 2013/14 is the last in the NHL.
Despite his mixed game, Ristolainen has reportedly found interest in a number of teams. He is under contract for another three years with an average annual value of $ 5.4 million, possibly with a reduced rate for a right-back with his offensive production.
The Sabers allowed the second-highest goals in the league (200). Buffalo remained in Chicago (202) from 27 November until the season finale on 7 April. After his 10-game winning streak Buffalo scored in this time with 16: 33: 8, the fewest points in the NHL. During the press conference against Phil Housley's dismissal, Botterill told reporters that he still wanted to extend the Sabers blue line this offseason.
Miller, who lined up in Los Angeles in the fifth round in 2012, scored three goals under 29 points in 65 games last season and has performed well with equal strength since being selected by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft. He was a good scratch in the first round of the Vegas playoff series against San Jose in April, only to be one of the team's better players in the last six games.
In the last two seasons, the Golden Knight 5-on-5 shot difference with Miller on the ice was 55.66 percent, the highest mark in the team among players that have occurred in at least 100 games during this period. He also led the defenders of the team in assists (57) and points (70).
Miller crashed into the NHL with the Boston Bruins in 2015-16, just months after he was acquired by the Kings in exchange for Milan Lucic. Miller appeared in 103 regular season games during his two seasons with Boston, scoring 29 points and playing in four Stanley Cup playoff games.
Miller's breakout season occurred with Vegas in 2017-18, when he scored 10 goals under 41 points with a minus 4 rating in all 82 regular season games. He then scored the franchise's first Stanley Cup final goal in their first game against the Washington Capitals and brings valuable experience to a Sabers list that lacks experience in the playoffs. Conor Sheary and Montour, who all have playoff experience.
With the team scheduled to pay for the team's limited free agents, the Sabers currently have a $ 15 million cap-space for the 2019-20 season. Still, Botterill is unlikely to cope with the trading market as he has an abundance of defenders and needs a top 6 striker.
Instead of trading prospects, Botterill decided to leave Vegas with the second round of polls that the Sabers had acquired on Ryan O & # 39; Reilly.