The Boston Bruins have announced the signing of defensemen Kevan Miller to a two-year deal worth 800,000 dollars per year on the cap.
Kevan Miller has played in 16 games for the Bruins this season and has two points averaging just under 17 minutes per game. He’s big (6’2, 210), physical and Claude Julien loves his defensive game.
The only problem is Miller alone isn’t going to be enough to replace what Dennis Seidenberg brought the team. Seidenberg has been placed on IR after having season-ending ACL surgery on January seventh.
The Bruins also announced that they brought up defenseman Zach Trotman on Sunday from their AHL affiliate team. Though Seidenberg is projected to be ready for the start of next season and with the Bruins signing Miller, the Bruins still need help this season and that will have to come through the trade market.
Chara is a left-handed shot and the Bruins will look for a right-handed defenseman to compliment him on the first line. The NHL trade market is tough to navigate as almost every trade seemingly comes out of nowhere.
The Blackhawks are rumored to be willing to move a defenseman in exchange for a center. The Florida Panthers are among the bottom of the NHL and are rumored to be selling. Defensemen that could move include Tom Gilbert and Mike Weaver.
Pretty much any team in the bottom could probably be bribed into trading a defenseman for a draft pick, but like I said the NHL trade market is the hardest to get a grasp of. Florida, Buffalo, Islanders, Nashville, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton are all out of it for all intensive purposes so they could be suitors.
The Bruins have two good backup goalies and the recent play of Chad Johnson may make him an appealing trade option for teams seeking goalie help. The NHL trade deadline is Wednesday March 5th and rumors involving the Bruins will likely spark after the Olympic break.