BUFFALO (LGS) — The Buffalo Sabres won't have to worry about Ryan Miller becoming an unrestricted free agent any time soon as the team's top netminder inked a five-year contract extension with the club today.
The extension is worth $31.25 million which averages out to $6.25 million per season. Miller, who celebrated his 28th birthday yesterday, will remain under contract through the 2013-14 season.
Entering his sixth pro season, Miller has appeared in 205 regular-season games with a mark of 112-68-19, recorded seven shutouts, a 2.69 GAA and a .908 save percentage. In 34 playoff games, the Sabres goaltender is 20-14 with a 2.39 GAA and .915 save percentage.
The Sabres' fifth round (138th overall) selection of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming NHL season.
Last season, Miller posted a 36-27-10 record with a 2.64 goals-against average. The 2001 Hobey Baker Award winner from Michigan State made 34 consecutive starts from January through April, setting franchise-highs in games played with 76 and games started with 75, while also recording a personal-best three shutouts.
Miller's is scheduled to receive $3.5 million this coming season before his extension kicks in next summer. His cap hit will remain at $2.67 million through the completion of the 2008-09 season.