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Ryan Miller touches on future

Free agent-to-be Ryan Miller says he's open to staying with the St. Louis Blues long term.

"I'm very open to it," the goalie said Monday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "But right now, it's more about the hockey. We're going to have a lot of time later on to feel that out.

But Miller added, "I think it's definitely a possibility."

The comments came just three days after Miller was dealt to the Blues from the Buffalo Sabres, their franchise leader in victories (284) and games played (540). But Miller, 33, is in the final season of a five-year, $31.25 million contract, which provided the Sabres motivation to deal him and captain Steve Ott to St. Louis.

In return, Buffalo got back goalie Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a 2015 first-round pick and a conditional 2016 third-round pick. The 2016 pick could turn into a first-round pick in this year's draft if the Blues reach the Western Conference finals or Miller re-signs with St. Louis before the draft.

Miller made his debut for the Blues on Sunday night, making 23 saves in a 4-2 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes. Miller is set to make his home debut for the Blues on Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.