It's not been a secret that I'm not a fan of Miller. I've never been that impressed with him and have said things like he's replaceable, forgettable, and that his hair seems like he's a spokeman for Just For Men, Touch of Gray. Well, Mr. Miller's taken that to heart this year and responded...big time.
He's a hard worker, but not so much a grinder, and because of that, I've always wondered what his place was on this team. Yet this year he's done something that you need to do as a bottom half guy who doesn't grind-and that's pot every chance you get.
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With third and fourth line ice time, he's managed to pot 11 goals, equal to our all-star Zetterberg. That's more than Lidstrom, Homer, more than double Helm and equal to Cleary.
I though his time on the third line was limited, but he's managed to find a great chemistry with Cleary and Helmer. And all this scoring is getting him cocky, well, at least according to Helm and Cleary. Helm stated:
"Milsie just talks about nonsense. We can't get him to quiet down. And when he scores, it just magnifies it times three."
Told of Helm's claims, Cleary said, "I'll second that. He's getting a little too comfortable."Well if being comfortable means that he'll continue scoring, then get right at home "Milsie" (that's got to be the worst attempt at throwing the standard hockey "sey" at the end of a name, by the way). And with every goal, he proves that I'm nothing more than a stupid goalie with a computer...and I'm completely alright with that.
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Miller has been playing great! Before the season I thought he may be replaceable as well. I stand corrected. Jiri Hudler has also stepped it up big time!!
I love MillerTime. I met him once in 2010. In the elevator. He was going up to his agent's office (he/they are tenants of my company's). I chatted with him a little bit about Ryan winning the Vezina & I asked him about the chances of him signing with the Wings again. That's what he was meeting with his agent about. I told him I hoped he'd be back in the Winged Wheel again.
He was super sweet & that 5 minute conversation made me love him even more than I already did.
Totally agree....that you're a stupid goalie with a computer. I'm a HUGE fan of the wings' third line and Miller's a big part of it (1/3 to be exact). And I disagree that Miller isn't a grinder. What do grinders do that he doesn't?
Miller, Cleary and Helm are all great players. Cleary's legs are frustrating him I'm sure. Helm has foot speed and when he has open ice, he can definitely finish. I think Josh is right, teams have figured out if you can take away his time and space then you will neutralize his offensive threat. Miller happens to be as Mr.Redmond would say", Johnny on the spot!" lately. Miller's swagger is a reflection of the wave he's on right now. More power to him... If youve got a Winged Wheel on your sweater I say if youve got the pepper, then use it!
Miller's a great player. He may not "grind", but he certainly is skilled and has the hands enough to finish. I actually think he could fill in on higher lines if needed. However, it's great to have someone who DOES score on lower lines. If only we could get Helm to score a bit more... hmmmmm. I actually think it's not that Helm can't score... it's that the other teams have figured him out a bit.
@Josh Howard After the 5-0 curbstomping we gave his brother, NHL.com ran an interview of Ryan. In it, he said his brother could play on any line for almost any team in the league, but he has gotten stereotyped into a lower lines role. He said he thought the Wings had a huge bargain in him. I feel that way more so about Eaves, but I'll take this production from Miller anytime.