The Anaheim Ducks are interested in bringing back Ryan Miller for another year, according to Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest. Strickland suggests it would be a bonus-laden contract, meaning it could only be for one season. Miller is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer after his current two-year, $4MM deal expires.
Players are only eligible to receive performance bonuses in certain situations, but a one-year deal for Miller would qualify given his age. The 38-year old goaltender is coming off a year in which he suited up just 20 times, his fewest games played in a single season since 2003-04. The veteran still put up a .912 save percentage in those appearances, but dealt with a sprained MCL that limited his action.
Miller has been clear in the past that he only wants to play in California at this point, given his wife Noureen DeWulf’s career as a Hollywood actress. With Anaheim still relying on John Gibson to carry the majority of the load, Miller might still be the best backup option available. As recently as 2017-18 he recorded a .928 save percentage and a 12-6-6 record for the Ducks, and a bonus-laden deal would be of little risk to the team. Miller is currently making just $2MM, but had strong trade protection in order to ensure he controlled his playing destination.
The question now will be simply if he wants to suit up again, as Miller can clearly still contribute when healthy. The Ducks are hoping for a better season with whoever they install as head coach, and a tandem of Gibson and Miller would certainly help them accomplish whatever goals they set for themselves.