Miller ‘very open’ to remaining a Blue beyond this season

After making his debut with the Blues on Sunday in Phoenix, a 4-2 come-from-behind win over the Coyotes, Ryan Miller discussed his potential long-term future in St. Louis Monday afternoon.

Acquired from Buffalo in a blockbuster trade last week, Miller will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013-14 season. He’s had no discussions regarding an extension with the Blues yet, but the goaltender said that he is open to the idea of remaining with the club beyond this year.

“I’m very open to it,” said Miller, 33, who is in the final year of a five-year, $31.25 million contract. “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 Blues’ pursuit of Miller, in the club’s eyes, was about upgrading the goalie position for the upcoming playoff run. But the decision to part with Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier and two draft picks was also done with the idea of retaining Miller and making him part of the club’s core moving forward.

The Blues were in a situation in which the contracts of Halak and Brian Elliott were set to expire after this season. The contract of prospect Jake Allen turns into a one-way deal in 2014-15, so he’ll be in St. Louis. Now with Halak gone, it’s doubtful that Elliott will be in the team’s plans after this season.

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