Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller (knee) skated with his teammates for the first time this season in practice Thursday and was expected to do the same on Friday. Miller is still donning the maroon non-contact jersey and likely won’t ramp it up to full speed in practice until next week but nonetheless, head coach Bruce Cassidy was thrilled to have the rugged blueliner back with the team.
“We’ll see how he did. I’m sure he’s fine coming out of today’s practice. It wasn’t contact,” Cassidy. “I suspect he will join us for practice in a contact jersey sometime next week, assuming today, and if he’s with us tomorrow, go well..[he’s] progressing well. He looked good out there. But there’s still a timeline that he wouldn’t be available in the next three games anyway.”
Miller hasn’t played a game since suffering a broken kneecap back on April 4 of last season. He was close to returning in the Eastern Conference Final against the Carolina Hurricanes but he re-fractured his knee vertically and was ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs.
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Fellow rearguard John Moore – who had offseason shoulder surgery – remains on long-term injured reserve and there hasn’t been any updates to his status. Heading into the season, the belief was Moore could return in late November or early December.
Forward Anton Blidh – who also had shoulder surgery to repair a torn ligament – is still at least three months away from playing.
Forward Karson Kuhlman was placed on injured reserve last Sunday with a hairline nondisplaced fracture of his right tibia.
Forwards Joakim Nordstrom (elbow infection) and Par Lindholm (upper-body) remain day-to-day.