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.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 24, 2016
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:
FOUR. MORE. YEARS. pic.twitter.com/xTYw77xheA
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 24, 2016
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.