Canucks ink Ryan Miller to three-year deal
Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks General Manager, Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed goaltender, Ryan Miller to a three-year deal.
Miller, 33, split the 2013.14 NHL season between the St. Louis Blues and Buffalo Sabres playing a combined 59 games, posting a 25-30-4 record and 2.64 GAA (.918%). In 559 career NHL games Miller has a 294-194-60 record, a 2.59 GAA (.915%) and 29 shutouts. He has also appeared in 53 playoff games over the course of five playoff runs, posting a record of 27-26, three shutouts and a 2.49 GAA (.915%). Miller reached the Eastern Conference Final twice in his career (2006 and 2007 NHL Playoffs).
His 294 career wins place him tied for 31st all-time among NHL goaltenders and fourth among active goaltenders. The East Lansing, Michigan native ranks fourth among American goaltenders all-time in wins, trailing only John Vanbiesbrouck (374), Tom Barrasso (369) and Mike Richter (301).
Following the 2009.10 season, Miller was awarded the Vezina Trophy after posting a career high record of 41-18-8, 2.22 GAA and .929 save percentage. The 6’2”, 170-pound goaltender collected the AHL’s Aldege (Baz) Bastien Memorial Award as the League’s top netminder in 2004.05 and was recipient of the NCAA’s Hobey Baker Award in 2000.01 and a finalist in 2001.02. At the conclusion of his NCAA career, Miller became the NCAA's career shutout leader with 26 and his 950 save percentage in 2000.01 was the best single-season mark in NCAA history.
Miller has represented his country on the international stage at the 2014 and 2010 (silver) Winter Olympic Games and at three World Championships. At the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver Miller was named tournament MVP, Olympic All-Star and Best Goalie by tournament directorate.
The East Lansing, Michigan native’s career also includes the following awards and recognitions:
CCHA MVP (2001.02, 2000.01)
AHL First Team All-Star (2005)
NHL All-Star (2007)
NHL Foundation Player Award (2010)
NHL First All-Star Team (2010)
Buffalo Sabres franchise leader in career wins (284)
Miller’s off-ice work includes a personal commitment to The Steadfast Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2006, dedicated to providing support and resources to cancer patients, particularly childhood leukemia.
Miller was originally selected by Buffalo in the fifth round, 138th overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.