NHL Rumors: 3 Potential Landing Spots for Defenseman Colin Miller

The free-agent market for defenseman is a bit thin this season and there's several players who will be more of a 'plan B' after the likes of Kris Letang and John Klingberg. Buffalo Sabres defenseman Colin Miller fits the bill here and is one of the blueliners who will be hearing from certain teams once they miss out on a big name. Miller will be a bargain compared to some and here's three teams who are connected to the 29-year-old d-man:

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs have been linked to Miller for a few seasons now as they know him very well dating back to his days in the Ontario Hockey League. He's the type of right-handed offensive defenseman the team could use more of and if they are able to find a suitor for Justin Holl on the trade market, look for the team to make a contract offer to Miller once the market opens on July 13. The team just re-signed youngster Timothy Liljegren and love the way he's developed, adding Miller and subtracting Holl would be a wise decision for the franchise.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins have some major decisions to make this offseason and if they are unable to re-sign Letang or sign Klingberg, Miller will be plan C. He's able to run a power play and could eat some of the minutes Letang plays each night. While he's not on that type of level as a player, Pittsburgh has John Marino who they are very high on to take the next step for their hockey club. The Pens don't have a ton of depth on their right-side and Miller is certainly an interesting option come July 13.

New Jersey Devils

The Devils are likely moving on from PK Subban as his next contract will be a tricky one considering how much money he's been making, leaving Miller as a potential replacement in Jersey. Last season he recorded 14 points in 38 games, and has shown in the past he's capable of producing more offensively. The Devils are going to be aggressive this offseason and are looking for depth on their blue line and some scoring help on their wings. Miller is a viable option for the franchise as he won't eat up a ton of cap space and could certainly out perform his contract.

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