Agent: Chance to win Cup key factor in Miller’€™s destination

The Blues did not get what they hoped for from goalie Ryan Miller.

Ryan Miller is about to enter unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career, and after several disappointing Stanley Cup playoff runs, playing for a championship contender will be a key factor in his decision-making process when the market opens in July.

That was the message his agent relayed during an interview with a Vancouver radio station on Wednesday.

Miller was acquired by the St. Louis Blues at this year’€™s trade deadline as part of a multi-player deal. The trade was unsuccessful for the Blues as they were eliminated by the rival Chicago Blackhawks in a six-game first-round series despite having a 2-0 lead. Miller’€™s less-than-stellar performance in the final four games of that series (13 goals against, .888 save percentage) was a primary reason for St. Louis’ failure, and it seems that the Blues are content with a goalie tandem of veteran Brian Elliott and 23-year-old Jake Allen going into next season.

Miller, 33, is the best goalie eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer. Despite his lack of postseason success, he’€™s still a quality player capable of leading a team to the playoffs and potentially winning a round or two. Before the 2013-14 season, Miller had won 30-plus games in seven consecutive non-lockout seasons, and also won the 2010 Vezina Trophy.

There are several teams that might look to acquire a veteran goaltender of Miller’s caliber this offseason. That list may include the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks.

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