The Boston Bruins should have a familiar face back on the blue line when the 2020-21 NHL season begins.
Veteran defenseman Kevan Miller, who re-signed with the Bruins in October, told Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic that he'll be ready to go for the season opener.
It's not yet known when the upcoming campaign will commence, although the league and NHLPA reportedly are eyeing Jan. 13 as a potential start date.
Miller has not played since April 4, 2019 against the Minnesota Wild. He missed the entire 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs and all of the 2019-20 season recovering from multiple knee surgeries.
The Bruins definitely could use additional depth on the blue line. They lost veteran d-man Torey Krug in free agency and still haven't re-signed captain Zdeno Chara. The B's haven't made any notable additions to their blue line and they seem content with letting some of the younger players/prospects compete for ice time.
Giving the young guys an opportunity makes sense, but Miller's toughness and experience would still be very valuable to the Bruins, especially against the better teams on the schedule. Miller also has the ability to kill penalties.