Ryan Miller’s presence makes for crowded net in Buffalo


If the Buffalo Sabres don’t find a trading partner for Ryan Miller as expected, the team could have quite the crowd of goaltenders.

The team could enter the 2013-14 season with six goalies under professional contracts, according to the Buffalo News’ John Vogl. He breaks down how that might work as such:

Sabres: Miller and Jhonas Enroth
AHL: Matt Hackett plus one of three prospects: Connor Knapp, Nathan Lieuwen or Andrey Makarov
ECHL and/or another lower-level pro league: The two prospects who can’t back up Hackett

Of course, even if Miller is moved out of town, it won’t necessarily be an easy road for the young goalies. Lieuwen acknowledged as much.

“If Ryan Miller’s not here, there’s going to be another guy,” Lieuwen said. “There’s always another guy that’s going to come and try and take that spot. That’s why when you get that opportunity, you’ve got to prove that you’re the best guy.”

The way things are looking, Buffalo’s netminding prospects will need such positive attitudes.

Glencross released from another PTO, this time by Avs

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Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.

Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.

While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.

A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.

Slepyshev earns final Oilers roster spot; Draisaitl to AHL

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The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.

The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.

The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.

But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.

“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”

Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.