It is hard not to admire the career Kevan Miller has had. After an impressive collegiate tenure with the University of Vermont, the Bruins brought him in at the end of the 2010-11 season. Although it seemed minor at first, Miller would progress significantly in Providence. He produced decent offensive numbers in the AHL, while also being strong defensively. This would lead to his eventual call-up in 2013-14.
From there, Miller would quickly be a fan favorite, as his physical game became quite noticeable. He would then cement himself as a top-six defenseman. It seemed like a long shot at the time, though, as he made his debut at the age of 26. Not too many hockey players can do this, let alone have an impressive and lengthy career after.
Now as a 33-year-old, Miller is still an effective defensive defenseman in this league. However, he faced an array of severe injuries over his career. This season followed that trend, too, as he had more knee trouble and also sustained a concussion in the postseason. It also originally seemed impossible to play this year in general, too, as he missed all of the 2019-20 season after breaking his kneecap.
However, he went on to have a great comeback season and was easily one of their most steady defensemen. However, his continuous injury trouble could make the Bruins move on or even lead to Miller retiring.
Does Miller still have much left in the tank for the Bruins?
This question is not a knock on Miller’s play. As previously stated, he has been such an integral part of this group and still is. In fact, if they can get him to come back on a lesser cap hit, it is a move that should be encouraged. It just is hard to imagine him being healthy for an entire season after so much wear and tear.
If Miller is brought back, it may be best to use him in a limited role. Or better yet, the Bruins should sign more suitable depth defensemen in preparation for any potential injuries. Nonetheless, if this the end for Miller, it has been a real pleasure watching his journey.