Two-year-old Bodhi Miller was the only person in the Vancouver Canucks’ dressing room late Saturday who did not care how well Ryan Miller played.

The Canucks’ goalie arrived for his post-game media scrum carrying his son and accompanied by his wife, the actress Noureen DeWulf. And while Ryan answered questions after playing brilliantly but futilely in his team’s 3-0 loss to the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, Noureen and Bodhi watched and waited on the other side of the room.

When Ryan was finished with local reporters, Bodhi approached him and said “Hi, daddy,” because he had clearly missed his father during those four or five minutes.

It was a charming scene – and one that should be remembered when Miller becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and makes family, including his wife’s Los Angeles-based career, a priority when deciding where to play next.

Ideally, the Canucks would like to keep Miller for another season while uber-prospect Thatcher Demko progresses in the American Hockey League. But a one-year contract is probably not ideal for the 36-year-old goalie – nor a terribly likely one considering Miller has had an excellent season and shown himself still to be a superior starting goalie in the National Hockey League.


So Miller is probably leaving the Canucks, which makes his outstanding play in the face of the team’s hopeless – and at times, hapless – situation even more impressive and noble.