A couple years ago Ryan Miller jerseys flooded the arena. The number 30 was worn proud by many. Adults praised him and kids idolized him. Players on other teams were lucky to score on the star goalie. "Miller Time" was a popular phrase among many fans to show appreciation for their amazing goalie.
Now however, Miler Time has become "Miller Lite". He not only seems lazy in net, but it seems like he doesn't even care whether he wins or loses. The goals he has been letting in are easy goals that an Olympic goalie should have no problem saving.
Aside from the lackadaisical net-minding, Ryan Miller's attitude is one that the Sabres do not need. He thinks he's better than everyone and gets very defensive whenever criticized. He's no longer the humble player he once was. I don't know whether it was the Olympics, his wife, or both, but Miller no longer treats his stardom as something special. Rather, it seems like Miller thinks it's an entitlement.
Although Miller cannot be blamed for 100% of the team's problems, he does have a lot to do with it. Miller should be the first player to go. He's made it clear that he wouldn't mind a trade, and why keep someone in Buffalo that doesn't want to be here? This isn't just about the Sabres. I take pride in being a Buffalonian, as many from here do, and I cannot stand people that complain about being here. In my book, Ryan Miller is the next Danny Briere. If he doesn't want to be here then fine, it's no loss to us if we trade him. At this point, I'd give him away.