Ryan Miller is now preparing himself for the battle at the Sochi. “Golden Goal” by Sidney Crosby in 2010 Winter Olympics is still haunting him and he is not ready to take that again.
Yes, when Crosby posted the golden goal, the impacted on this U.S goalie is different thatn others in the team and fans. They have lost the Gold because of Miller.
Miller was named as MVP for his 139 saves on 147 shots in six games. Though he named as MVP after the tournament, his dream was not fulfilled [Gold Medal].
Miller is clear about his journey and preparing himself for the game – “I haven’t come to terms with it [Silver].”
“We went there to win. I want to make the team. I want to be the guy who’s there stopping pucks in Sochi. I want to start. I want to play,” Miller told.
The 33 year-old Miller struggled for success after the Olympics and now he is facing competition within the team.
As we know, USA coaches have picked 48 players to the camp, and selection would be based on their NHL performance during October to December. The 25 men squad will be announced on New-year’s day.
General Manager David Poile says that ”Ryan is well aware of that’ [Miller knew the process of selection]”.
Here is another issue that will create problem for Miller. Coaches have invited six Jonathan Quick, Jimmy Howard, Craig Anderson, Cory Schneider, and John Gibson.
His stats are no longer effects on the selection process and there are many American goalies vying for the U.S Olympic roster posts.
“I think even if you asked Ryan Miller, he needs to reestablish his game with the Buffalo Sabres; in conjunction with that, with USA Hockey,” said Ray Shero, Pittsburgh Penguins GM and part of the U.S. Olympic managerial team.
“But he was fantastic in 2010. There’s no denying that.” He added.
Miller is quite positive on the second chance. He said that, ”I feel like I still have a lot of hockey left and feel like I can still play at a high level.”
Miller also added his views on the future play – ”It’s not a sore subject for me, anymore, but it’s definitely bittersweet, It was a lot of fun to play hockey at such a high level in a great place, where they respect hockey, but at the same time it wasn’t the fairy-tale ending. You just have to trudge on and hope for your next opportunity.”
But the puck is at Poile and the advisory team; they have to consider Miller this time for a second chance; however they have Jonathan Quick as a strong replacement for Miller.