The Boston Bruins will have a bit of a problem soon. But it's a good problem. Defenseman Kevan Miller and John Moore are well on their way back to being healthy and ready to play again. The problem is, the Bruins seem to be pretty set on the blue line right now. Where do they go from here?
Bruce Cassidy updated us last week on the status of Kevan Miller. Miller has since joined the team on the practice ice in a non contact jersey. Per the last update from Cassidy, John Moore was scheduled to join the team in mid November, and its looking like he is on track to do so. Its looking like Miller and Moore will both be ready to get back on the ice by the end of November for sure. Millers time coming a little before Moore.
A good problem to have
With the need to figure out how to control so much talent, the Bruins could say that they're in a pretty good spot defensively. With Kevan Miller being in the last year of his contract, his name was certain to pop up in trade talks at some point this season. Now given the Bruins current situation on the blue line, I'm sure those talks will only heat up. With Bruins prospect Axel Andersson "technically" being the only right side defenseman that the Bruins have in Providence, that could be the deciding factor for the Bruins if they decide to only keep one of John Moore or Kevan Miller. John Moore playing on the left side could mean that they might be more willing to deal him given the amount of depth that they have on that side.
Time is ticking
Time is almost up for Bruce Cassidy, Don Sweeney, and the Bruins front office to make a decision on the defenseman that will be suiting up for the Boston Bruins. With Kevan Miller and John Moore being ready soon, two players will end up getting news of some sort.
Kevan Miller and John Moore could be both of those guys. Zdeno Chara, Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy are all signed. Torey Krug, Matt Grzelcyk, and Kevan Miller are all scheduled to be free agents at the end of the season. Does John Moore get a safe stay because he's under contract for another year? Do the Bruins make a trade or two to bolster their draft picks, or minor league system? Does the return of Miller and Moore effect the Tory Krug trade decision? Regardless of what happens, this will have a big impact on the Bruins roster in more ways than one.
Personally I think Kevan Miller is the odd man out here. His contract is set to expire, there is plenty of youth behind him in the minors that can make the transition to the right side of the blue line, and there should be at least a couple of teams willing to part with a mid to late round draft pick for him. I think Kevan Miller gets traded for a 3rd to 5th round pick.
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