Boston Bruins veteran defenseman Kevan Miller last played a game in the NHL on April 4th, 2019. That night in Minnesota, Miller played just 9:44 as his season came to an end via injury. He missed the club’s entire run to the Stanley Cup Final, and did not suit up at any point during the 2019-20 season.
Kevan Miller, who originally suffered a knee injury and has dealt with multiple setbacks, is now a free agent. The rugged veteran’s four-year contract comes to an end in October. He’s free to sign elsewhere on October 9th.
Whether or not he re-signs with the Boston Bruins, or with anyone, is still up in the air. Miller continues to work his way back from injury. Bruins GM Don Sweeney discussed Miller’s status earlier this week.
“I have optimism that Kevan will do everything possible to be healthy in order to play. He has the desire to continue to play,” Sweeney said. “He’s had a very painful injury that is taking much longer than any of us had hoped and Kevan had hoped. But he’s worked incredibly hard and I know he’ll continue to do that to give himself the opportunity to play in the NHL again.”
A RETURN TO BOSTON?
While Kevan Miller works hard to get back to full health, there is another decision to be made. Does Miller fit with the Bruins moving forward? Will he make his triumphant return in black and gold?
“I haven’t explored whether that’s with us until this point,” Sweeney admitted. “We’ve engaged where his health is at both mentally and physically in the upcoming days and weeks and in the upcoming days and weeks we will reach out and find out where he is at and where he fits in. We have depth and we have numbers that we have to piece together and if we have to move players out to bring him back. It’s something we have to explore.
We think the word of him, we missed him the last couple of years certainly in the playoff environment and what he brings to the table. He’s a tremendous competitor, tremendous person and we wish him nothing but health and the opportunity to play again.”