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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bruins Sign Defenseman Kevan Miller Through 2015-16

Coming off what I thought was his best game as a Bruin (career-high 19:05, game-high 5 hits and 1 blocked shot) yesterday vs. Los Angeles, Boston rewarded rookie defenseman Kevan Miller with a two-year, one-way contract through the 2015-16 season. Miller went to the University of Vermont and played there from 2007-10 before being signed as a free agent by the Bruins in October 2011.

His initial success is a good reflection of two things: the Providence Bruins churning out quality pros and Boston making the most out of free agency (with some exceptions, obviously). I see Miller as a sort of poor man's Johnny Boychuk, he's relatively big and tough with a hard right-handed shot. In 16 games this season with Boston, he has one goal, one assist and seven penalty minutes (one fighting major).

At some point, Zdeno Chara will slow down and eventually retire. With young defensemen like Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton, Miller plus Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky in Providence, the Bruins have plenty of talent in the pipeline to ensure that they won't fall off the map completely when Big Z is gone.

UPDATE 1/23: Trotman was recalled on an emergency basis from Providence.

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