Sabres trade star goalie Ryan Miller, captain Steve Ott to Blues

The Associated Press

In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, photo, Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller reaches out with his glove to stop the puck during an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Buffalo, N.Y. The Sabres traded Miller and captain Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues on Friday, Feb. 28, for goalie Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 third-round pick. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

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He was particularly excited to be joining the Blues with Miller.

"It's amazing. This guy right here is the best goalie in the world," Ott said. "He has been our best player, our MVP in Buffalo in a tough, tough season. To have that opportunity to go along with Ryan for myself, I know how great he is. Both of us want to live up to expectations."

Because the trade was so completed so close to game time, the Sabres had to scramble to find a backup to Jhonas Enroth.

They signed Ryan Vinz, a former high school goalie, who is employed as the director of hockey technology of the Sabres-backed HarborCenter facility, which is being constructed across the street from the team's arena. The complex will feature two rinks and a hockey academy. Vinz was a walk-on at Clarkson, but never played and wound becoming the school's video coordinator.

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AP Sports Writer R.B. Fallstrom in St. Louis contributed to this report.

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