The Sabres traded goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott to the Blues on Friday night for goalie Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a 2015 first-round pick, and a conditional 2016 third-round pick.
‘‘It’s definitely humbling and flattering that [the Blues] would make that kind of move and bring us in with the intention of giving them some help to push for a Stanley Cup,’’ Miller said. ‘‘We’re excited for the opportunity there. But also, it’s about the responsibility we have to that organization to show up and get up to speed and compete as hard as we can to live up to the trade.’’
Miller won the Vezina Trophy in 2010, the year he was the MVP of the Olympic tournament in Vancouver, and is Buffalo’s franchise leader with 284 victories and 540 games. This season, he’s 15-22-3 with a 2.72 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.
Halak has a 24-9-4 record with a 2.23 goals against average and a .917 save percentage this season. Stewart has 15 goals and 11 assists this season. The 19-year-old Carrier was a second-round pick in 2013.
The deal is the Sabres’ first major move since general manager Tim Murray was hired in January after Buffalo fired Darcy Regier.
A few hours after trading Miller and Ott, the host Sabres edged the Sharks, 4-2, behind goalie Jhonas Enroth’s 36 saves.
Cody Hodgson, Brian Flynn, Matt Moulson, and Tyler Myers scored for Buffalo, while Enroth played well in the absence of Miller.
The win gave Buffalo three straight for the first time since last April.
Fans gave standing ovations when the scoreboard showed video tributes to Ott and Miller in the third period, adding in a ‘‘Thank you, Ryan!’’ chant.
On the other end of the spectrum, St. Louis was also in action, falling, 1-0, to the host Ducks.
Brian Elliott made the start in net for the Blues, turning aside 18 shots.
Andrew Cogliano scored for Anaheim.
In other news for the Sabres, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff revealed he recently complied with the team’s request to submit a list of eight teams that would make up the no-trade clause of his contract. He declined to reveal the teams on the list.
Though the submission of the list doesn’t guarantee Ehrhoff will be dealt before March 5, it suggests he has been the topic of trade conversations. Ehrhoff signed a 10-year, $40 million contract with Buffalo in 2011.
Girardi, Rangers agree to 6-year deal
Dan Girardi and the Rangers agreed to terms on a long-term contract extension, keeping the right-side defenseman away from unrestricted free agency this summer. The deal is reportedly for six years and $33 million, carrying a cap hit of $5.5 million per season. In 548 games over eight seasons, the ninth most among defensemen in Rangers history, the 29-year-old Girardi has 35 goals and 136 assists . . . Peter Budaj will start in goal when the Canadiens host the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Carey Price aggravated a lower-body injury sustained at the Sochi Olympics . . . Penguins defenseman Paul Martin had surgery to repair a broken right hand suffered during the Sochi Olympics and is out for four to six weeks.
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Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists, Paul Stastny added a goal and an assist, and the Avalanche beat the Coyotes, 4-2, on Friday night in Denver . . . Justin Fontaine scored in the seventh round of the shootout, Zach Parise had a power-play tally, and the visiting Wild topped the Canucks, 2-1, in Vancouver.