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Bruins place d-man Miller on waivers

Oct 2, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

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The Boston Bruins have placed defenseman Kevan Miller on waivers for purpose of assignment to AHL Providence.

The move comes after Miller was included on the Bruins’ opening-day roster, and also after the 25-year-old had been drawing praise from head coach Claude Julien.

“I think he’s improved immensely over the years in Providence, and he’s become a very steady, dependable defenseman,” Julien, per CSN New England. “Everybody knows he’s not the flashy type, but he is very dependable. He’s big. He’s strong. He defends well, he moves the puck well and he’s got a good shot.

“So he’s got a lot of qualities, and he’s certainly a guy that had a great camp while earning a spot with us.”

But the Bruins have seven other d-men — Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Dennis Seidenberg, and Adam McQuaid.

So we assume this is partly to do with numbers. Perhaps the club felt it was worth risking that another team claims Miller in order for him to keep playing in Providence, as opposed to sitting in the press box as a healthy scratch in Boston.

  1. bildomac07 - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Interested if this has anything to do with Soderberg being placed on IR today and inactive for Thurs and Sat’s games. There’s been a lot of trade speculation surrounding Jordan Caron and at the moment he is the last healthy forward body the B’s have for Thurs/Sat.

  2. shaundre93 - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Waiving Nick Johnson looks like a real head scratcher now… I’ve been of the belief Caron was only held up for trade bait. Maybe they wanna play Caron a few games with the Yeti out, hope he does well and trade em for a 2nd/3rd rounder or something. PC’s the man with the plan though, im sure there’s a good reason

  3. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    They just brought this guy on the whole team building trip to Vermont with the 23 man, and now he’s on waivers? This has to be a numbers thing. I know they were going to send Hamilton down for a day or two for symantec reasons, and that has yet to happen.

  4. mathieug79 - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Colorado could use a young Dmen.

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