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Ryan Miller #39 of the United States congratulates teammate Jonathan Quick #32 after the United States defeated Russia 3-2 during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day eight of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Ryan Miller #39 of the United States congratulates teammate Jonathan Quick #32 after the United States defeated Russia 3-2 during the Men’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day eight of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (KMOX)- Shortly after Friday night’s trade was announced, sending Buffalo Sabres Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier and two draft picks, the two new Blues shared their thoughts for the last time at a news conference with a Sabres background.

Miller fought back tears as he recalled the dozen years he’s spent developing his goalie skills in the Buffalo organization. He called it a very emotional night & gave thanks for the friends and teammates he enjoyed in Buffalo.

Miller went on to say he’s excited about the new adventure with the Blues, “I have a very strong sense that they have a very special team. They work hard. I’ve gotten to know some of the guys from the Team USA program. They have a very strong competitive spirit. I’m looking forward to joining the group.”

Steve Ott said it’s been a big honor for him to wear the captain’s “C” in Buffalo this year and thanked Sabres management for keeping him notified of trade possibilities.

Ott said his dream is to play for a Stanley Cup contender and he’s excited about going to St. Louis, “I feel they (the Blues) have a great team. I have lots of connections there, lots of past Dallas guys like Doug Armstrong, Ken Hitchcock, Brett Hull, and on down.”

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