When young Bodhi Miller would ask where his daddy was,
The timing couldn’t have been better for Miller to become a free agent last summer, when the
“That’s a lot different than the life we were living just last year, which wasn’t a bad life, but this is just a little bit of a step to have some balance, where my wife can do the things that she’s always dreamed of doing and I’m doing the same thing,” Miller said. “Playing in the
Miller, 37, enjoyed his best season in 2009-10, when he won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie with the
Miller compiled a 2.80 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage last season for the Canucks, who missed the playoffs for the second straight season. He was subjected to 40 or more shots nine times, and he faced an average of 32.17 shots in 54 appearances. He's likely to face fewer shots thanks to the Ducks' tighter defensive play, but he still can draw on his Vancouver experiences.
"Mentally, you try not to go to a place where you're looking for excuses. It definitely ironed out a lot of things in my game, actually," he said. "I think that I can bring a mental approach almost similar to what I'd been telling myself prior to games, [which] was just being very simple and direct: I have a job and stop the puck, and there's no excuses about what's happening at any moment. And the kind of breakdowns you see in the NHL are going to happen on any team, and you have to be ready and prepared to handle that situation no matter where you're at.
"I think for me it was a lesson in humility and just being calm, patient and going out there to play a hockey game and not to have an expectation any which way. I always thought I could have an impact on the game if I put myself in the right mind-set, and that's something I actually hope to continue while I'm here."
"We just feel that we're comfortable with the acquisition of Ryan Miller and where he's played and how he's played in the league and how much of a mentor or how much of a No. 1 goalie he can be for our group," Carlyle said.
"The whole mentality is to push Gibby and make sure that Gibby has someone he can lean on, talk to," Getzlaf said. "Miller has been in this league for a long time and he's proven himself. Ultimately what it's about is having a goaltender in there every night that gives us a chance."
Miller began skating with his new teammates last week and was impressed with their drive and desire.
"You get the sense that they really feel like they're close to doing something special. They seem motivated," he said. He has a similar motivation to work alongside Gibson for the betterment of both goalies.
"It takes the whole team to accomplish something, and I'm going to be supportive and I hope that we have a friendship that could play out here," Miller said.
"We're just getting to know each other, but hopefully it turns into something where we genuinely feel good about pushing each other. But also, when the other guy does well, I want it to be genuine. I want him to have success because ultimately his success is going to be the team's success, and if I have success on the ice, the team is going to do well also."