Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek, two of the longest tenured Sabres, lost a long-time friend at yesterday’s trade deadline.
Miller, speaking about former teammate Jason Pominville, did not come off as very happy during his media availability this afternoon.
“Not a great day,” said Ryan Miller. “That’s what happens when you don’t perform in season as a team.”
Thomas Vanek did not seem very happy either.
“It hasn’t happened in the past,” Vanek said. “Now with Jason gone, that obviously sends a message that change is happening.”
This trade comes just a few days after Vanek told the Buffalo media that he was not looking to be apart of a rebuild, and he went on to echo that thought this afternoon.
“It’s hard to say yes or no (on staying in Buffalo) because no one has let me know what direction this is heading,” Vanek said. “Again, we’ll finish the year out and I’m sure at least I would expect them to let me know what the future is with myself.”
Ryan Miller had just about the same thing to say to the media.
“I have to talk to Darcy about it,” Miller said. “This is obviously something that hasn’t been planned out.”
There is not much more that can be said from either player at the moment, but this situation is something that will obviously play out throughout the final weeks of the season and into the offseason.
Stay tuned to Sabres Hockey Central for the latest.