Goaltender Ryan Miller has retired from pro hockey. Drafted in the fifth round, 138th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres, Miller has a 391-289-1-87 record, 0.914 Save%, 2.64 GAA, and 44 shutouts, in 796 games, as well as a 28-27 record, 0.913 Save%, 2.52 GAA, and three shutouts, for the Buffalo Sabres (2002/03-partway through 2013/14), St. Louis Blues (part of 2013/14), Vancouver Canucks (2014/15-2016/17), and Anaheim Ducks (2017/18-2020/21). Miller’s best period was the inter-lockout era. After playing only 18 games in the NHL in the two seasons immediately preceding the 2004/05 lockout, seasons spent mostly in the AHL, Miller backstopped the Sabres to back-to-back playoff appearances after they had missed three straight years before the lockout. The latter of those two seasons, 2006/07, saw Miller backstopping a fairly stacked team to the President’s Trophy, and ultimately the Eastern Conference Final while also playing in his only All-Star Game. While they didn’t make it the year after, Miller also got Buffalo back to the 2010 and 2011 playoffs, winning a Vezina Trophy and Silver at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Sadly, the Sabres haven’t made it back to the playoffs since 2011, even with solid seasons from Miller in 2012 and 2013. The beginning of a rebuild resulted in Miller being traded to St. Louis to close the 2013/14 season and then spending three years as the starter of the post-Roberto Luongo Canucks. Miller has spent the last four seasons as the backup to John Gibson in Anaheim. Miller’s career-highs are 41 wins, a 0.929 Save%, 2.22 GAA, all with Buffalo in 2010, and six shutouts in 2015 with Vancouver. While by no means a lock, with seven playoff finishes versus nine outside the playoffs, only one Vezina, only Silver rather than Gold at the Olympics, and only three seasons coming legitimately close to a championship, with zero Cups, Miller’s individual performances and accolades may make him a Hall of Fame candidate when he is up for eligibility in 2024. Miller finished his final NHL season with a 4-8-2 record, 0.882 Save%, 3.51 GAA, and zero shutouts in 16 games for the Ducks. Miller, 40, announced his retirement on April 29 and played in two games following the announcement: a 6-2 win against Los Angeles on May 1 and a 4-3 loss to Minnesota on May 8, the last game of the Ducks’ season.
The Bruins made no moves this week.
The Sabres made no moves this week.
The Flames made no moves this week.
The Hurricanes recalled defenceman Joey Keane from AHL Carolina. They signed defenceman Cavan Fitzgerald to a two-year entry-level contract. They reassigned Keane. They signed right winger Tuukka Tieksola to a three-year entry-level contract.
The Stars made no moves this week.
The Oilers made no moves this week.
The Panthers made no moves this week. Defenceman Brandon Montour has been fined $5000 for spearing Tampa Bay’s Pat Maroon. Defenceman MacKenzie Weegar has been fined $5000 for high-sticking Tampa Bay’s Mathieu Joseph.
The Kings recalled centre Drake Rymsha from AHL Ontario on an emergency basis.
The Wild made no moves this week. Right winger Ryan Hartman has been fined $5000 for a dangerous trip against St. Louis’ Sammy Blais.
The Canadiens recalled right winger Alex Belzile from AHL Laval. They signed left winger Rafael Harvey-Pinard to a two-year entry-level contract. They recalled defenceman Xavier Ouellet. They recalled right winger Jesse Ylonen. They reassigned Belzile, Ouellet, Ylonen, and goaltender Cayden Primeau. Defenceman Joel Edmundson has been fined $1000 for a dangerous trip against Toronto’s John Tavares.
The Predators made no moves this week.
The Devils recalled centre Tyce Thompson and left winger Nolan Foote from AHL Binghamton. They reassigned defenceman Kevin Bahl. They reassigned Foote. They Their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Devils, will be relocating to Utica, NY for the 2021/22 season.
The Islanders signed centre Reece Newkirk to a three-year entry-level contract.
The Senators recalled centre Logan Brown from AHL Belleville. They reassigned right winger Vitali Abramov. They reassigned Brown. They reassigned centre Clark Bishop. They reassigned centre Parker Kelly. They reassigned defenceman Olle Alsing. They reassigned goaltender Filip Gustavsson. They signed defenceman Artem Zub to a two-year contract extension.
The Penguins recalled goaltender Alex D’Orio from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on an emergency basis.
The Sharks signed defenceman Santeri Hatakka to a three-year entry-level contract. They signed left winger Adam Raska to a three-year entry-level contract. They signed left winger Alexander Barabanov to a one-year contract extension. They recalled centre Lean Bergmann. They reassigned Bergmann. They reassigned left winger Ivan Chekhovich. They reassigned goaltender Josef Korenar.
The Kraken signed centre Luke Henman to a three-year entry-level contract.
The Blues recalled goaltender Joel Hofer from AHL Utica.
The Lightning signed centre Simon Ryfors to a one-year contract. They recalled left winger Boris Katchouk. They recalled right winger Taylor Raddysh. They recalled defenceman Andreas Borgman from AHL Syracuse. They recalled defenceman Cal Foote. They recalled goaltender Spencer Martin. Left winger Pat Maroon has been suspended one game for unsportsmanlike conduct against Florida.
The Maple Leafs recalled centre Denis Malgin from AHL Toronto. They recalled goaltender Frederik Andersen from his conditioning stint with AHL Toronto. They recalled defenceman Mac Hollowell. They reassigned right winger Stefan Noesen. They reassigned goaltender Michael Hutchinson. They reassigned defenceman Timothy Liljegren. They recalled goaltender Joseph Woll.
The Golden Knights recalled goaltender Jiri Patera from AHL Henderson and reassigned left winger Dylan Sikura and goaltender Logan Thompson. They recalled Sikura and defenceman Brayden Pachal. They reassigned Sikura. They reassighed left winger Tomas Jurco.
The Capitals recalled centre Philippe Maillet from AHL Hershey. recalled defenceman Martin Fehervary. They recalled goaltender Pheonix Copley. They reassigned centre Mike Sgarbossa. They reassigned defenceman Paul LaDue. They recalled defenceman Michal Kempny from his conditioning stint.
The Jets recalled left winger Joona Luoto from AHL Manitoba.