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USA Olympic choice: Ryan Miller

By Sean Fitzgerald

The NHL Olympic orientation camps started this past week. Goalie seems to the position of much debate for team USA and team Canada. In previous posts, I have made it clear that Corey Crawford should be the net minder for Team Canada. My choice for team USA goalie might shock people; I am pulling for Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabers. Miller was once a part of the fictional trade between the Blackhawks and Sabers for Patrick Kane.

The popular choice for the Team USA goalie is Jonathan Quick.  Quick has virtually unstoppable the last two seasons.  Here is my case for Ryan Miller. Miller is the only goalie with Olympic starting experience. He was a member of the 2010 Silver Medal team. Miller wasn’t just a member of the team; He was the MVP of the Tournament. He stopped 139 out of 147 shots.  Quick who was the third goalie on the 2010 team, said about Miller’s 2010 performance, “It was the best two weeks I’ve seen a goalie play in my lifetime”( ). That shows us that Miller can spin on his head at the Olympics. Miller, however, has not experience much success since the Olympics.  I would speculate that his superhuman Olympic performance might have been the peak of Miller’s career.

The choice for the team USA goalie ultimately will not come down to the players resume. It will come down to who is the hottest net minder at the time.  Quick struggled this past season out of the gate although Miller was not much better to start the year. The rumor around Miller now is that he will be traded from the Sabers to the Colorado Avalanche. Miller could benefit this season from a change of scenery before the Olympics. Perhaps Miller could get hot enough to make team USA keep him on the team. Once you’re on the team anything can happen just ask Roberto Luongo. Luongo was the backup for team Canada in 2010 to Martin Brodeur. Brodeur would get injured and Luengo would lead team Canada to gold medal.

The moral of the story is the hottest goalie will get the nod for team USA. I’m hoping that goalie is Ryan Miller.