On Friday Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney announced that defenseman Kevan Miller will be out for the remainder of the season. That is of course, if we have a season anymore.
Long time coming
Kevan Miller hasn't played a single game in the 2019-2020 season. He has had countless setbacks after seeming to come close to getting back on the ice. Sweeney announced that although Miller will miss the rest of the season, it is a precautionary move. If the season is to resume it may just jump straight to the playoffs, and even if it doesn't the remaining games will have a playoff like intensity with players eager to make a hit. Sweeney felt that although Miller might be close to returning, they wouldn't be able to work him back into the lineup without worrying about putting him in over his head.
A look into the future
Kevan Miller is one of the Boston Bruins many pending free agents after this season. With Torey Krug also due to be a free agent, the Bruins might do their best to keep the blueline looking similar to what it is now. Kevan Miller was a vital part of the Bruins defense last season, although Miller hasn't played since April fourth of last season. Despite a long recent history of nagging injuries that have kept Miller off the ice, and he’s probably out of hockey shape by now, Don Sweeney still plans on offering Miller a contract after the season. With his injury history, its unlikely that Miller will get a lot of attention in free agency. With that being said, I think its very likely that we see Miller back with the Bruins next season. If anything, Sweeney will give Miller a one year prove it deal. My guess is it won’t be worth much, but it'll be enough to keep Miller in Boston and enough to make him want more.
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