The Boston Bruins signed rookie defenseman Kevan Miller to a contract extension Tuesday.
Miller’s new deal is for two years and it will keep him in Black and Gold through the 2015-2016 season. It’s a one-way contract worth $1.6 million, coming with an annual cap hit of $800,000.
The 26-year-old was slated to become a restriced free agent at season’s end.
The stay-at-home blue-liner has impressed Bruins’ brass since making his NHL debut earlier this season. Miller has notched one goal and one assist in 16 games played. He’s proven his worth as an NHL-caliber defenseman and will likely carve out a role on the third defensive pairing.
Although Miller is not known for his offensive prowess.
His hard-nosed, physical, responsible nature have him flourising within Claude Julien’s defensive system. Miller’s been logging on average 16:52 of ice time per contest. He’s played on all three of Boston’s defensive pairings while making appearences on the penalty killing unit as well.
With Dennis Seidenberg sidelined for the season, Dougie Hamilton dealing with a concussion, and Adam McQauid battling a medley of injuries, Miller brings desperately needed depth to the Bruins back-end.
Now Miller may not be the caliber of player that Seidenberg is, but he’s not afraid to dish out the big hits while enforcing Boston’s punishing identity. He’s capable of picking up a portion of the slack.
He’s a righ-shot guy meaning his signing provides the Bruins with some insurance moving forward. In the event Johnny Boychuk or McQauid, both right-shot men as well, depart the hub of hockey when their contracts expire following the 2014-2015 season, Miller will still be locked up.