Report: Bruins’ Kevan Miller not skating yet after knee surgery

Matt Kalman
August 17, 2019 - 6:47 pm

The Bruins missed injured defenseman Kevan Miller in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, especially when the eventual Cup champion St. Louis Blues raised the physicality level of the series.

Now it looks like the Bruins will be continuing to miss Miller into training camp and possibly the start of the 2019-20 regular season.

While attempting in May to return from surgery to repair a fracture that he suffered in his knee April 4, Miller re-fractured the knee and required another surgery while the Bruins were taking on the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference final.

Miller recently told Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe that he’s been progressing well this offseason but has yet to resume skating.

“We are three months, one day . . . and four hours from surgery,” Miller told Dupont. “It was a big date circled on the calendar … now I can start really progressing. The bone at three months is pretty healed. Obviously, I still have to be careful about what I do, but I can start to ramp things up and hopefully get on the ice here soon with the intention of getting back as soon as I can.”

The Bruins will begin on-ice training camp activities Sept. 13.

Aside from Miller’s health situation, the Bruins will be dealing with his financial impact to the team. Miller is entering the final year of a four-year contract that carries an average annual value of $2.5 million. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

If the Bruins could move him, his cap space could help them fit unsigned restricted free agent defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo into their budget. Of course if the contract stalemate between the Bruins and McAvoy and/or Carlo lingers deep into the season, and Miller can get healthy, the 31-year-old could come in handy on Boston’s back end.