There are still milestones for Ryan Miller to reach but the longtime Sabres goalie turns 40 on July 17 and the current Anaheim Ducks backup knows he's in the twilight of his career.
The NHL's current pause also has him pondering some serious decisions about his hockey future. Miller doesn't know if he'll return for the 2020-21 season, whenever that starts.
"The desire is there but there's going to be a lot of factors," Miller said in an interview with Sportsnet from his California home. "First of all, we're going to have to address this new normal. What that means for sports and life. Wrapped up in that is family and how family is going to need to be taken care of during this time."
Specifically, Miller is concerned about his 5-year-old son, Bodhi.
"There's a lot of talk here in California that schools are not going to be fully in session possibly into next year," Miller said. "That changes the dynamic around the house, what needs to happen and what's important. Hockey is very important to me but I'm trying to be realistic. I'm at the tail end of a long career and I would love to play so I'm going to 'hem and haw' for you guys. I really like to play. It's a lot of fun, but I really want to see where things end up."
Miller, who played for the Sabres from 2002 until he was traded to St. Louis in 2014, has 387 career wins and that's the most for an American-born goalie. The figure is 15th on the all-time list and who's No. 14 at 389? Former Sabres standout Dominik Hasek.
"I was right there, really hoping I could catch Dominik," Miller said. "That would be something special to me. Coming into Buffalo following in his footsteps and expectations was quite a heavy thing at first. I was happy that I was able to learn how to kind of create my own space in Buffalo, play my own game, separate myself and be a different goaltender from his legacy."
Before he was traded, Miller became the Sabres' all-time leader in games played (540) and wins (284). He hasn't completely given up hope of becoming the 14th player and first American to reach 400 wins, although that is a much longer shot. Miller won only 17 games over the last two seasons with the Ducks with his playing time limited behind John Gibson. What figures to be the last of nine 20-win seasons in the NHL came in 2014-15 with Vancouver.
"You definitely have that in your mind," Miller admitted about No. 400. "I fell off that pace a little while ago and I'm just been trying to chip away becoming a backup in Anaheim. Still having fun. Still enjoying going to the rink and still very competitive.
"This whole situation we're all going through is definitely a curveball. We'll see where hockey ends up with everything and what state it comes out of it in. I would love to have a chance to put the gear on and give it another chance. But like everybody else, you have to wait and see what's going to play out."