Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller hasn’t played an NHL game since April 4 and unfortunately, even if the NHL returns from its pause to finish the 2019-20 season, it appears he won’t be back to help bolster the Bruins’ blue line for another playoff run. Speaking to the media on Friday, Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney indicated the rugged rearguard will need even more time to heal.
“Kevan’s just had some setbacks to where I don’t believe at this time it would be in his best interest to try and ramp up in a short span with the hopes of playing this year,” said Sweeney. “Our intentions for Kevan are that he’s 100 percent healthy so that he can resume when we start the next season. I know Kevan’s a UFA, so we’ll entertain the opportunity to bring Kevan back and he’ll also entertain whether he wants to come back.”
An email request to the Bruins Public Relations Department to speak to Miller Friday was respectfully declined but a source close to Miller told Boston Hockey Now said that Miller’s desire to continue with the Bruins remains.
“I can tell you that as far as I know, Kevan would love nothing more than to come back to the Bruins and help them finish what they started last season,” the source said.
Miller broke his kneecap during the 2018-19 regular season and then refractured it again during his rehab as he tried to make it back during the Bruins’ run to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.
Miller finished last season with seven assists in 39 games. He has 12 goals and 55 assists in 324 games since signing with the Bruins as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Vermont in 2011. The Bruising defenseman has amassed 261 penalty minutes.