Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Brief Open Letter To Ryan Miller...

Mr. Miller:


Given... Milan Lucic went on the radio and said some stupid crap about the hit, threw out a theory about a hit in the second period that might have caused your "concussion," and so forth.

I hope you get well soon. I'm glad you're not so woozy that you can't continue to talk about the hit and how bitter you are about there not being a suspension against Lucic. But at some point, you need to concentrate on getting better and getting back on the ice.

Read: Shut the hell up already.

You're probably the best American-born goaltender of the last 10-15 years. I know... the depth chart's not great on that, but take it for what it's worth. You're an Olympic Silver Medalist (and were only one Disney Crosby goal away from Gold), you've brought the Buffalo Sabres back to respectability and consistent contention.

But, Mr. Miller, you made a bad decision. You decided to get into a race that could very well have gotten a puck knocked into your net. You raced Milan Lucic to the puck. Hell, you even won.

However... you won by a half-second. You can say all you want, like you did to ESPN, that "[Lucic] can skate. He can stop. He can turn. He can pick his head up."

In a half-second? Really? From full speed, a guy is able to put on the brakes, veer off, dust off the snow and say, "Whoa, ol' boy... almost had a spot of a collision there, I dare say...."

So, after the theories of what caused your injury... you "didn't know [the Bruins] were all doctors."

I don't think I ever realized what a whiny jackass a hockey player could be.

I sympathize with the pain and everything, but that's it, dude. At some point, you need to let it go. Yes, it brings up the important topic of goaltender safety, and making sure teams aren't "running the goaltenders" and so forth. I know I would be livid if someone took a shot at Steve Mason or Tim Thomas... or really anyone.

However... your situation just wasn't an example of the topic at hand.

And you and Lindy Ruff look like idiots in the process.

Have some pride, man.

Last season, Max Pacioretty went headfirst into a stanchion and sustained a freaking neck fracture, after a hit that should have meant a suspension for Zdeno Chara. Chara did not get that suspension.

Yet, Max Pacioretty, while upset at the outcome, did not complain about it nearly as much as you have about Lucic.

And this is in hockey-mad Montreal. Whatever he felt about the situation privately, he didn't fall for what I'm sure was consistent baiting from the Montreal media. Pacioretty put it behind him, focused on his recovery and suited up this year.

Try to learn something from that... because what you're doing now is just undignified.

Man the hell up. Get well soon.

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