Ryan Miller, Steve Ott Traded to the Blues

With the trade deadline coming up, there were indications that some big moves were coming up. Ryan Miller had been in the news for months, and a trade finally came to fruition as the St. Louis Blues traded Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier a first-round pick in 2015 and a third-round pick in 2016 to the Buffalo Sabres for Ryan Miller and Steve Ott, their captain. The Sabres would also get a 2014 first-round pick if the Blues make the Western Conference Finals or if Miller re-signs with the Blues.

Obviously, the big name here is Miller. He'll take over the starting goaltender spot for a Cup-contending Blues team and will suddenly find an actual defense in front of him instead of pylons.

The Blues also got known pest Steve Ott to bolster their depth lines and win some face-offs. He was the Sabres' leader in ice time among forwards.

Chris Stewart's name had been in the news for a little while as well, though mostly tied with the New York Rangers, so it isn't surprising to see him moved.

The news has some great influence for the Stars as these two are in the same division now. The Stars and Blues still have three more games against each other this season, including the Stars' penultimate game of the season.