Should the Washington Capitals Sign Ryan Miller?

After extending Brian Elliott on Monday, the St. Louis Blues appear unlikely to sign UFA goalie Ryan Miller. Miller, you recall, spent his entire career with Buffalo up until the 2014 trade deadline, when he jumped to St. Louis. Miller put up a .903 save percentage with the Blues over 19 games. I guess that was all Doug Armstrong needed to see.

Now, once again, we face an interesting question: should the Capitals sign Miller? Do they need stability in net before they can jumpstart their offense? Would an injection of experience even out a weary defense? Can he make the big saves in big games, which are definitely more important than the small saves in minuscule games.

Let’s weigh the matter carefully.

What would Ryan Miller bring to the Capitals?

Can Washington fit Miller’s salary in under the cap?

What would Miller mean for Holtby’s confidence and Grubauer’s development?

So… should they do it?

Good talk, guys.

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  • Jimmie


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  • Marky Narc

    Love this article.
    Succinct, yet informative.
    No wasted words.
    A+, would read again.

  • Kevin


  • Chris Cerullo


  • Steven Lemmeyer

    What would Ryan Miller bring to the Capitals? Experience and a reliable regular season goalie. Plus MOAR JERSEY MONEY (priority 1)

    Can Washington fit Miller’s salary under the cap? Probably but why bother? Spend it on bodacious defensive improvements. Or…preferably, more Russians at any position.

    What would Miller mean for Holtby’s confidence and Grubauer’s development? It would destroy the falcon punching holtbeast and it would delay das Deutschland’s development.

    So…should they do it? My expertise in drinking beers and watching hockey tell me no.

  • Rob W.

    Id rather have Matty P back…RIP Matty P

  • Brouwer Rangers
  • Bev Miller Bellamy

    We have two legs to stand on (Holtby & Grubi), we don’t need a kickstand, thanks.

  • Steven Lemmeyer
  • Cameron

    Can we focus on Matt Hendricks first?

  • Eric

    bluntly fuck no

  • VeggieTart

    I’d like to see Grubi develop a bit more in Hershey and be brought up in 2015-2016.

  • yv

    I’d like to see first who are GM and HC would be, before signing anything of significance. With this two all-defining unknowns nothing is off the table.

  • Hmmmm … no!

  • Bilal
  • Jake Ettawakapow

    Idk babe. I want to see who the GM and Head coach is first babe.

  • 70Caps

    So, I wonder what the consensus here is? Hmm….

  • James Hare

    wait wait wait — Wagon is a free agent?

  • Kim Peacock

    Didn’t we have this debate already?? Ryan Millers hair is why the Caps need him…

  • hell no– he’s getting 1.8M through 2017. Good for him.

  • James Hare

    Exactly. I’m more than happy to see Wagon get the money he straight-up earned than coming back here to get jerked around. Letting Hendricks go was one of the worst decisions GMGM made. Sure he’s not worth what the Preds paid him to be a Predator but FFS he was the glue in the locker room. It’s hard not to give your best when you see Wagon coming in with a face that looks like he went through 10 rounds with Tyson and still trying to kick ass on the ice.

    He also has this sick shootout move that is better than 50% — would have come in handy while we were going to the shootout all the time last year.

  • Holtby Fan (Katie)

    We don’t need Miller. As long as Holtby can play his way, he will be perfectly fine. Holtby deserves to be the #1 goalie in DC. If Miller comes I don’t see that happening.

  • Nick
  • Sarah

    Peter is out of bubblegum tonight.

  • Roy Schue

    That sick shoot out move is called the paralyzer

  • JenniferH

    I’m gonna have to think about this one. Nah, no, I’m not.


  • Ryan stone

    You right!

  • alchemistmuffin

    The answer is simple….

    no, No, NO!!!!!!

    NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!!!!!!!!

    ARE YOU INSANE?!?!?!?!?! Getting Miller is one way to quickly get us to last place….. He is very shaky and unstable…..

  • Barrett

    There has to be an appropriate Samuel L. Jackson “awe hell nah!” around here somewhere….

  • katzistan

    Watch the Penguins sign him.

  • John Martino

    You mean we’re not re-signing Halak? Why did we trade for him then?

  • Stephen

    No. Defense is priority 1 and another scorer is priority 1A. Holtby is not the problem.

  • Hofer33

    No. Sign Jonas Hiller. He’s still in his best years. Miller is declining. Plus, Hiller is cheaper. And anyways, who cares if its an M or an H?

  • Shaun Phillips

    Glad someone had the same thought as I did.

  • bskillet

    Nope, don’t need him. Huge salary for a 33 yr. old goalie who sure didn’t look good in the playoffs. We have Braden and ? maybe Grubauer but for the money we need defense.

  • Jonah

    No dale hunter “bad bad bad bad bad bad bad” gif in either the article OR the comments??????
    Rmnb writers/contributors I am afraid you all are losing your touch!

  • Rhino40

    I F***N’ LOVE THIS!!!! LMAO!

  • sheena dunn

    The goalies are not the issue…..why not spend they money on someone who can play defense!

  • JH

    I’m going to be contrary and say we should consider it, at least. Look at who’s left in the Cup playoffs and look at their goalies. Is Holtby nearly as seasoned as those guys? I’m just wondering if Braden’s aggressive style would serve him well in the postseason? I could be completely wrong – evaluating goaltenders mystifies me. I love Holtby but I’m not 100 percent confident that he is our answer to our No. 1 goaltender. One caveat – if signing a true blue-chip goalie prevents us from acquiring a solid blueliner or re-signing Grabo, then forget it – we play on with Holts.

  • factoryofsadness


    Seriously, haven’t we learned this already? Goaltending isn’t the problem, defense and 5v5 is!

  • DC Hockey Nut

    My gut says hell no. My brain says “maybe.” We won’t know what kind of team we’ll have until we get a new GM and HC.

  • Diller M

    I was laughing before I made the jump becuase I had an idea of where this was going. But this was even better than I expected! WTG Peter

  • John Martino

    Ergo, we’ve already tried one pointless acquisition of a goalie not good enough for the St. Louis Blues. How about we discuss what defensemen might be available?

  • Guest

    i think michael scott would agree as well

  • breaklance

    so…thats a no

  • hopeless

    Goalies play defense… technically.

  • Jalabar

    “I’d like to see first who are GM and HC would be, before signing anything of significance.”

    I’d be willing to allow them to re-sign Grabo right now even if we were picking a GM and Coach at random out of the phone book next week. Other than that, I agree with this statement.

  • DCSportsfan85

    LOL. Completely agree defintely a big NO (unless he’s willing to sign on the cheap a la Tomas Vokoun back in 2011).

    I would be fine with Holtby and Grubauer in net, but that makes our goaltending depth really thin and it would hurt to give Grubby another year to develop in Hershey. There are a decent number of quality UFA goaltenders this off-season that would be a nice back-up for Holtby and would be significantly lower than Miller’s cap hit.

  • Ryan

    buried in Edmonton!

  • Jose Bautista

    Wait wait wait so the Capitals wanna sign ryan miller who played for the blues and before that the sabres? Are you sure this isn’t Halak bullshit all over again? btw my answer is NO