An NHL pro scout, after watching the Buffalo Sabres, said: “Ryan Miller is about all they’ve got. He’s playing unreal.” So where do the Sabres send the goalie at the trade deadline? Are the New York Islanders on his list of teams he’d play for? Are the Nashville Predators, if Pekka Rinne is out for longer than they thought?

- I find it interesting that the NHL was dead-set against those 12-year contracts for players, making a term of eight years for their own free agents and seven years for another team’s players the maximum, but jumped for joy when Rogers came up with the same 12-year, $5.2-billion TV deal.

- Is it time for the Ottawa Senators to just hand the ball to young Robin Lehner and let him run with it? Craig Anderson’s history is really a good year/lukewarm year and he’s on the latter now (.894 save percentage). There’s no reason Lehner couldn’t be another Ben Bishop. Same talent.

- While every team mutters about injuries, the Penguins are down two of their top-four defencemen — Paul Martin (broken tibia) and Rob Scuderi (busted ankle) — for weeks. Plus, Kris Letang, who was third in voting for the Norris Trophy last year, is a shadow of his usual puck-moving self with his eight-year, $58-million contract kicking in next season. He’s gone from being a very possible Olympian for Canada to barely talked about.

- Edmonton Oilers first-round draft pick Darnell Nurse is on the cut line for the Canadian world junior team. His toughness on defence is badly needed with so many smaller puck-movers, but his exuberance sometimes gets him caught out of position, according to a Hockey Canada type. “He’s a young mustang out there at times,” the source said.