Bruins' Kevan Miller 'feeling good' after most recent setback, surgery

Scott McLaughlin
May 14, 2020 - 5:31 pm
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It's been two months now since any Bruin has played an NHL game, but for defenseman Kevan Miller, the wait has been much longer and more painful.

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Miller hasn't played since April of last season, when he suffered a broken kneecap. He tried to get back in time to contribute to the Bruins' playoff run, only to re-break the kneecap while rehabbing. The road didn't get a whole lot smoother after that, as he suffered several more setbacks during his recovery, the most recent of which forced him to undergo another surgery about eight weeks ago.

On a virtual town hall with season ticket holders Thursday, Miller provided an update on his recovery and how he's feeling.

"As far as hockey and rehab goes, I'm still rehabbing," Miller said. "I was on a good trajectory there. I was skating and what not, and then I had a setback. So I'm just coming off surgery that I had eight weeks ago. Timing-wise things have been good for me. I'm off crutches now and walking around again. Things are good.

"Most of my rehab has been done in Boston. I've been here ever since. It's been a little bit different obviously with having to rehab mostly at home. Thankfully, I guess if you want to call it thankfully, I've been accustomed to having most of the stuff I need at home now for a little bit. Things are moving along well. I'm feeling good now and back on the train to getting my knee healthy again."

General manager Don Sweeney said last month that it was unlikely Miller would be able to return even later this summer during a potential playoff run, and that the goal was just to try to get him healthy by the start of next season. Miller is an unrestricted free agent after this season, but Sweeney said the team would explore bringing him back, something that could presumably be done pretty cheaply given the hit the last year has taken on Miller's value.

While Miller hasn't been able to play with his teammates and his future remains uncertain, he has been able to stay connected with them during this break thanks to weekly Zoom calls with the team. He's also gone on a few hunting trips (with all necessary social distancing, of course) with Brad Marchand, including one this past weekend.

"It was a blast," Miller said. "We've kind of enjoyed a little bit different spring than our normal. I guess we'd be playing and the playoffs would be in full swing. This time of year is obviously a little bit different than our normal activities would be. It's been good to spend some time in the woods with him. I think it's probably our best social distancing we could do at this time. We've had some fun. We've done some cool trips. Obviously all of them are around here. We've had some fun."

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