Blues make their all-in move, acquire Miller and Ott for Halak, Stewart, prospect and picks

News-DemocratFebruary 28, 2014 

Making the big move that had been rumored for some time, the St. Louis Blues on Friday acquired goaltender Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, a prospect and draft picks.

The Sabres also received prospect William Carrier, a 2015 first-round pick and a third-round pick in 2016. Miller and Ott will join the Blues before the club plays in Phoenix on Sunday.

A former starter for Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the 33-year-old Miller is 15-22-3 for the Sabres this season with a 2.72 goals-against average.

His numbers are a bit skewed since the Sabres are last in the NHL at 17-34-8. Miller is in the last year of a five-year deal with an average annual value of $6.25 million.

The two-time All-star won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender in 2010, when he had 41 wins and a .928 save percentage. He has spent all 11 of his NHL seasons with the Sabres, compiling a 284-186-57 record with a 2.60 goals against average, 28 shutouts and a .916 save percentage.

Ott, 31, was the Sabres' captain and he has nine goals and 20 points in 59 games. He leads all Buffalo forwards in average ice time (19 minutes, 42 seconds).

Ott is also in the final season of his current deal, a four-year, $11.8 million contract.

Halak is 24-9-4 with the Blues this season with four shutouts and a 2.23 goals-against average. He is in the last year of a four-year, $15 million contract and can become an unrestricted free agent.

Stewart has 15 goals and 26 points in 58 games. He was acquired from Colorado along with Kevin Shattenkirk in the deal that sent former first overall pick Erik Johnson and Jay McClement to the Avalanche.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, nsanders@bnd.com or follow him on Twitter: @NormSanders

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