Boston Bruins

Apr 30, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller (86) skates during the first period in game two of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

While the Bruins were in Pittsburgh, and blowing a three-goal lead for the fourth time this season, Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller was back on the ice and skating on his own.

The twirl didn’t last long (Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said it was about 15 minutes), but it was the latest stride in Miller’s attempt to return from a twice-broken kneecap that’s kept him on the shelf for almost 10 months.

“There’s step one,” Cassidy said. “That’s a positive.”

Miller has felt out-of-sight, out-of-mind for far too long. He was on the ice earlier this season, but suffered some setbacks (and had another procedure), and has recently been around the facility and the Garden for some home dates.

The 32-year-old was also at Warrior Ice Arena on Monday, too, which could be another positive sign should it continue.

“He was in this morning doing off-ice workouts, so I don’t know if he’s an every second day guy on the ice,” Cassidy acknowledged. “I guess we’ll find out tomorrow.”

Miller, who has spent the entirety of his pro career with the Black and Gold and is the final year of a four-year, $10 million deal signed in 2016, has not played in an NHL game since Apr. 4, 2019.

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