Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today the team had reached a deal with Kevan Miller which will see him make $800,000 annually over the next two years, on a one-way deal.
lang=”en”>B’s sign defenseman Kevan Miller to a two-year, one-way contract through the 2015-16 season. Read full release: http://t.co/ot9FBvL5vy ^BB
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The 26-year-old defenseman has posted 1-1–2 totals averaging just shy of 17 minutes of ice time in 16 games with the Bruins this year, splitting his time between Providence and the big club. His minutes this year have been very sheltered, seeing him typically start almost 59% of his shifts in the offensive zone, playing the opposing teams weakest players (fun fact: only the vaunted and ‘underrated’ Dennis Seidenberg has a lower Corsi QoC in 2013-14).
While there is certainly nothing special about Miller’s game, essentially he ends up being a cheaper version of Adam McQuaid, this is a good deal as it signifies Chiarelli realizes that paying too much for depth (see: McQuaid, Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley) is nonsensical, as it can come cheap and often from within the organization.
This certainly shouldn’t be a sign the Bruins aren’t looking to move someone for a defenseman, as neither Miller nor Matt Bartkowski is the long-term answer. Ultimately, when Hamilton returns, the Bruins should still be looking for a solid presence on the blue line (the name Tom Gilbert echoes from his free agency this summer) to solidify the core going into the playoffs.