In an announcement that stunned no one, Kevan Miller retired from the NHL yesterday. When he stated on Bruins break up day that he needed time to talk with his family about his future, the writing was on the wall.
Thank you Millsy for 8 incredible years. You were the ultimate warrior and an inspirational leader who embodied what it means to wear the Spoked-B.
Forever a Bruin. pic.twitter.com/z0u05xyoyu
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 14, 2021
Coming back from a devastating knee injury after a collision with the boards in his injury-plagued 2018-2019 season, he played in 28 games last season. His physical presence and defensive skill were greatly missed while he was recovering over the 21-month span that saw him receive an additional 3 surgeries to his surgically repaired knee. During the COVID shortened 2021 season, Miller managed his injury through maintenance days and taking no additional morning skates. That didn’t stop his woes: a staph infection in his foot kept him out of the lineup for a long stretch starting around the Lake Tahoe game and well into March.
Don Sweeney took a gamble on signing Miller last free agency period with Miller betting on himself for a lower salary and more bonus-laden structure. The only bonuses he didn’t get was his games played for 30 and 40 games ($175K). With his back luck last season, it was less likely that Miller would be signed again, even though the Bruins need experienced defensemen. As it turns out, he knew that his body wasn’t in it anymore.
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He will be missed.
Good luck in retirement, Kevan!