By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Boston Bruins got on the board with their first move of free agency, and re-signed defenseman Kevan Miller to a one-year deal. The deal was first reported by Boston Hockey Now’s Jimmy Murphy, and Pierre LeBrun was the first on the financial aspects of the deal, with the contract being worth up to $2 million in 2020-21 by way of potential bonuses.
The deal will come with a $1 million base salary and cap hit.
The 32-year-old Miller missed the entire 2019-20 season due to multiple knee surgeries (the last one came back in March), and has not played in an NHL game since Apr. 4, 2019.
Speaking early into the COVID-19 pause, Miller acknowledged that he was ‘worried’ about his NHL future, but said that he was committed towards giving a comeback try another go.
Miller’s agent, Peter Fish, recently shared a video of his client working out, saying he’s ready to go.
Whether or not that translates to a return to game action remains up in the air. Miller has shown tremendous progress in the workout room before, but it’s always led to another surgical procedure when the on-ice activity ramps, with Miller undergoing at least four known surgeries on his knee to date.
Sticking in Boston for an 11th season, and if healthy, Miller’s return gives the Bruins a right-side defense depth chart featuring Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, Connor Clifton, and Jeremy Lauzon (a left-shot who’s played primarily on the right in Boston).
A 6-foot-2, 210-pound defender, Miller put up seven helpers with 73 hits and 79 blocked shots in 39 games played in a 2018-19 derailed by multiple injuries before the twice-broken kneecap ended his season in the middle of the B’s run to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.
Miller’s best season in Boston came back in 2015-16, with five goals and 18 points in 71 games played, and he’s totaled 12 goals and 67 points in 324 career games with the B’s.