It’s official, Kevan Miller is back at practice. Yesterday it was reported by multiple Bruins reporters that he’s sporting the some-family-of-red no-contact jersey at practice. Bruce Cassidy said that if all goes well, he could be back in a regular black or white jersey next week.
Per Cassidy: Kevan Miller could ditch the red (no-contact) sweater next week. Large step toward returning to game action.
— Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) October 31, 2019
Of course, we’ve all been talking about what to do when he comes back. Connor Clifton who is technically the last man up from Providence, having earned himself a spot with the big club with his playoff presence last postseason, has only 12 games left to play before he would have to clear waivers to return to Providence. November 26 is the day that he’s projected to lose his waivers exemption. If Miller returns later this month, Clifton would have to stay and perhaps Kampfer would become the odd man out.
John Moore is also due to come back within the next month or two. With cap and roster constraints, the Bruins may have to move one or both of these returning players. Kevan Miller is 31, turning 32 next month, and is in the final year of his current contract. With a logjam at RD, Miller is likely not to be re-signed and could be an asset for another team, if he stays healthy. Moore is more versatile as a left shot that can play either side. Moore is signed for another 3 years after this season.
One thing is for sure: this is a good decision to have to make. With the Bruins being such a defensive beast, it’s good to have too many D instead of too few. Perhaps someone can be bundled for a 2nd line RW?