I think the front office had to make a move right now in terms of goaltending whether they liked it or not to try and establish a future in that position.
At the end of the post season, both Halak and Elliott would be out of contract and all we would have is Jake Allen. We could bring up Bings, but he's aways away from being close to ready. We all agree that Jake would fall into a backup role, but without a starter, he'd be the starter.
Given that Army has a tendency to be on the frugal side, trading for Ryan Miller is a stroke of genuis: Take a guy with a solid, hard work ethic and a calm demeanor who has toiled his entire career on a poor team at the bottom rungs of the league and give him a taste of what it's like to be near the top of the rung and create relationships with the players and team around him, a team that's never won the Cup and is obviously a few steps from making it all the way. Would he resign? If we brought out six million a year, I think the answer is yes.
As it stood, there was honestly no way we could trade for a solid scorer without giving up vital pieces of our puzzle and if we did, we'd still have to deal with the goaltending situation, which is actually much dire than our scoring situation. We have scorers who are signed up for the next few years, so there's a window there. Goaltending, there simply wasn't. We have to take a chance either way and we chose to pick Miller over Halak. Cost us a few picks and picked up Ott, who needs to stop agitating. He sets up some great passes for shot chances and the other players don't follow through.
I don't see our scoring situation changing that much more or less in the off-season. In fact, our scoring is pretty decent, it's our PP that's been sucking hard as of late imho.
Not sure how dealing for a different UFA fixes the issue of having 2 UFA goalies at the NHL level or establishes a future for us at the position. If we lose in the first round, I'd see us bringing back Elliott to pair with Allen, not spending $6 million a year on Miller. Now if he plays us to the conference or cup finals, then that's another thing entirely.
As for not being able to trade for a scorer, we dealt away Chris Stewart, William Carrier, and a 1st Round Pick (2015) which seems like more than was dealt for Moulson (5-6-11 +6 in 18 games), Gaborik (3-9-12 +3 in 17 games), or Vanek (6-9-15 +8 in 16 games post deadline). Unclear what it would have taken to land Kesler who wasn't dealt or if we could have landed Callahan before St Louis made his trade request.
This would leave us with the same goalie situation this offseason. An offseason with many free agent options in goal including Jonas Hiller and Ryan Miller (if still a Sabre).