The Detroit Red Wings sent Drew Miller down to the Grand Rapids Griffins back on January 31 and has played in just five games for the Griffins. The veteran Miller is aware of his current situation, knowing the team is willing to cut ties.
The former Michigan State Spartan expressed his interest to be moved in an effort to continue playing and have a fresh start in his career.
“That’s what they’ve been trying to do is just wait to see what teams may be looking to add and have a good fit,” Miller said. “No one’s really making a move yet, but I would think that will change as we get closer.
“Hopefully I get traded,” Miller said to MLive. “I want to be in the NHL- everyone wants to be there.”
The Wings sit in last place in the Atlantic Division. With their slim chance of making the playoffs, the 33-year-old Miller is a strong candidate to moved before next week’s trade deadline.
He is just one of a few Red Wings that could be on a new team after the March 1 deadline. Thomas Vanek, Brendan Smith and Steve Ott all have expiring contracts and could be shipped to playoff teams some time in the next seven days.
Miller has played in 551 games in his NHL career, scoring 62 goals and adding 59 assists for 121 points. The 11-year veteran has spent the last eight seasons here in Hockeytown, in addition to his brief stints with Anaheim (2007-09) and Tampa Bay (09-10).
He doesn’t score many goals, but he is a valuable asset on the fourth line and a great penalty killer.