Bruins Re-sign Kevan Miller???

When the Boston Bruins signed Adam McQuaid to a 4-year, $2.75mil/yr deal last offseason, conventional wisdom said that the Bruins would part ways with the rather-similar Kevan Miller this offseason. As we quickly learned, Don Sweeney is not conventional.

The full press release can be found here.

Four years. $2.5mil/year. No word yet on no-move or no-trade clauses or bonus clauses. It is unclear what Kevan Miller did last season to earn a pay raise, let alone tripling his previous salary. There did not appear to be any hurry to sign him. It is unclear what, if any, other parties were interested in his services. It is very clear, however, that the Bruins have pressing needs on defense, and re-signing Miller doesn’t change those needs. This is cap space that could have gone towards re-signing Loui Eriksson, re-signing Torey Krug, or acquiring higher-quality free-agent defensemen. This signing will end up hurting the Bruins’ ability to pursue quality players at a time when we really need them.

Once more, with feeling:

The Bruins did also sign Seth Griffith to a one-year, two-way contract worth $625K. Oddly, this is about a $100K pay cut for Griffith, who had an excellent 24-goal, 77-point campaign in Providence. It is not known yet what bonus clauses are contained in the contract.

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Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

My take-away…. Maybe this means a buyout/trade of Seids/Quaider? Maybe? Kinda? ugh….

HoneyNutChelios
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HoneyNutChelios

Everyone just kinda talks about Seids and/or McQuaid going as if it’s a foregone conclusion. That’s giving a guy who’s so far done 1 good thing a hell of a lot of credit.

Finding a trade partner for Seids is gonna be really tough since he’s not even an NHL player anymore, and he called McQuaid a core player in the same breath as Miller. Also since it’s pretty clear Sweeney is not, how you say, “good at his job?” Other GM’s are gonna ask for huge amounts for whatever he wants in attempt to fleece him.

The worst part to me is it’s May. The Stanley Cup hasn’t even started yet and seemingly the biggest off-season priority so far has been signing one of the teams worst players. Miller was signed before Krug, Chiller, Morrow, Loui (who isn’t gonna sign here but whatever). I can’t see that and believe that shit like that didn’t contribute to a guy who seems very smart and perceptive like Dougie wanting to leave. The argument of “well this is what he’d get paid on the market…” Good! Let someone else be stupid, circle back around and price them out on a better player.

I’ve personally seen enough from Sweeney so far to say with just about 100% confidence he’s a completely incompetent buffoon in running with Jim Benning and Joe Sakic for worst GM’s currently player.

DrHandgrenaid
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If both of them go, then this move was inspired. If not, this move is disastrous. There isn’t really any middle ground on this.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Im still flabbergasted over the Quaid signing last year…i know it was prolly reactionary after losing Dougie and having Chara and Seids injured…but that doesn’t explain the term of contract. I figured like everyone else that now that you have the worse of the two locked up youd let K. Miller go…not resigned for 2+ a year. I give K. Miller some credit for developing while in a tough position and taking a lot of criticism and actually looking not horrible by the end of the year.

But I dont understand the priorities behind the scenes when you have like 12 other people you need to evaluate to resign…I was totally expecting Krug announcement…not this. Now you need to figure out Krug, C. Miller, Connolly, Stemp, Eriksson, Liles, Morrow, Trotman while keeping in mind Marchand and Pasta for next year… I assume Kelly and Gus is gone…but after this signing i really don’t think that is a fair assumption anymore. What a mess when the only players you know are coming back on D is Chara, Seids, Quaid, and K. Miller…..eeks.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Good morning people. I didn’t sleep well.

DrHandgrenaid
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The Griff contract is only a pay decrease on paper- hes played so little at the NHL level, he has usually only made around $75,000 plus signing bonuses (somewhat more in 14-15 because he was up for a decent while). So, this contract would be a pay increase if he makes the big club (also: Bonuses besides signing bonuses are only allowed on ELC’s and 35+ contracts)

I do like that Sweeney is keeping Griff (for now) and still managed to sign him to a 2-way contract. That said, my guess is he makes the team out of camp, or gets snagged off waivers if he doesn’t, because as a 4th year pro, hes waiver eligible and after a 77 point season in the AHL… well, someone will take a look

Muffinman3
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Muffinman3

This team is giving me alzheimer’s

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Did anyone see this bit of insanity?
Are Darcy & Felger absolutely out of their bloody minds? Do they actually think the Bruins will refuse Loui at $6M, then shell out $12M for Stamkos?!?!?

Miss Muse
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I’m not listening unless we also get Bishop. :p

the german hammer
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Well, yes, because they are insane. We alll know that Stamkos isn’t coming here. Plus, Felger’s idea means trading Rask, which he has a particularly huge boner for.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

While Felger may well have “a particularly huge boner for” trading Tuukka, in this particular batshit proposition he’s actually assuming that Rask is sticking around:

That’s keeping [David] Krejci and [Zdeno] Chara at their full cap hit, and I didn’t go into buying out [Dennis] Seidenberg or trading [Tuukka] Rask. Keeping all the players currently under contract, you can get Stamkos and two $4 million defensemen.

Satan 81's Sister
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MadScientist72
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phonymahoney
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I don’t know.

Maybe there’s a plan.
http://twitpic.com/show/large/dyzzx6

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81
MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Maybe he’s got pics/video that Charlie and/or Jeremy Jacobs don’t want going public?

the german hammer
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I said that about Jordan Caron.

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