February 04, 2006


Buffalo Chips

Ryan Miller (Photo by David Duprey)

...It’s old news by now that standout goalie Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres was snubbed by the United States Olympic team in favor of three goaltenders whose abilities—while still quite good—are just a wee bit under his.
...It seemed to be worth discussing the issue once again because Miller’s Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 4-2 on Thursday night (Miller had 21 saves in the contest). That’s the same Flyers whose goalie, Robert Esche, was named to Team USA, along with Tampa Bay’s John Grahame and the New York Islanders’ Rick DiPietro, instead of Miller.
...Since the bigwigs in Team USA seem to be interested in being the underdog right from the start, I can’t help but think that losing in the quarterfinals is their goal. Maybe it’ll be more fun rooting for Canada or the Czech Republic, where statistics actually matter.


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