Boston Bruins sign Kevan Miller to four-year extension


The Bruins and defenseman Kevan Miller have agreed to a four-year extension worth $10 million.

The Boston Bruins are expected to make some changes after missing the playoffs for the second straight season during the 2015-16. One of the changes that was expected to be made was the departure of defenseman Kevan Miller. However, the Bruins decided to keep Miller, giving him a four-year extension worth $10 million.

Miller was not a good defenseman for the Bruins last season, as he was one of their worst shot suppressors and didn’t even create the offense needed to justify his defensive flaws.

They are already paying Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg to basically be bottom pairing defensemen, which makes extending Miller make even less sense since that’s basically what Miller is.

He is a perfectly capable bottom pairing defenseman. But the Bruins, for whatever reason, believe that he is something more. Committing four years to a bottom pairing caliber defenseman usually doesn’t end well. Using a bottom pairing defenseman in a second, or even worse, first pairing role usually doesn’t end well either.

This is a disappointing and questionable decision even if the Bruins manage to find a taker for McQuaid and/or Seidenberg. Boston has some young talented defensemen like Zach Trotman and Colin Miller who deserve a longer look in the NHL. Signing guys like Miller who can be found for relatively cheap is being counter-productive to that.

The Bruins extending Miller creates more questions instead of providing answers. That’s never a good thing.

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