Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller has been patient in his pursuit of work outside of the NHL during the current lockout, but that patience is running out. He doesn't currently have any concrete plans to play in Europe or elsewhere, but that's changing.

"If a team needs a goalie, I need to start considering it," he wrote in an email to ESPN The Magazine.

On the eve of expected cancellations of more regular-season NHL games and on the day NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that the NHL's latest proposal is being pulled off the table, the frustration is building for Miller.