Sabres-Blues trade: Goalie Ryan Miller and center Steve Ott are going from the league's worst team to a bona fide Stanley Cup contender after being traded from Buffalo to the Central Division-leading St. Louis Blues (39-13-6) in a five-player, two-draft-pick deal Friday. The deal was made about an hour before the Sabres beat the Sharks and marks the first significant move since Tim Murray took over as general manager in January. Miller won a game in the Sochi Olympics for Team USA as a backup to Jonathan Quick.
In exchange for trading away Miller and Ott, their captain, the Sabres acquired goalie Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a 2015 first-round pick and a conditional 2016 third-round pick. The Central Division-leading Blues shored up their goaltending in an attempt to avoid another disappointing playoff run after being eliminated by Los Angeles in successive seasons. Miller won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie in 2010, the year he was the Most Valuable Player of the Olympic tournament in Vancouver, and is Buffalo's franchise leader with 284 victories and 540 games.
Ducks 1, Blues 0: Jonas Hiller made 18 saves in his fifth shutout of the season, and Andrew Cogliano scored the game's only goal. St. Louis hasn't scored in its first two games after the break.
Wild 2, Canucks 1: Justin Fontaine's goal in the seventh round of the shootout sent Vancouver to its eighth loss in its last nine games.
Avalanche 4, Coyotes 2: Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists, and Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist for Colorado.
Penguins: Coach Dan Bylsma says defenseman Paul Martin had surgery to repair his broken right hand. Martin injured it while playing for the United States in the Olympics and is out four to six weeks.
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