Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller has been rewarded for his solid play this season with a permanent spot on the team.
The Bruins signed Miller to a two-year, one-way contract on Tuesday worth $800,000 annually that will keep him with the club through the 2015-16 season.
Miller, a University of Vermont product, has not put up eye-popping stats in his first taste of NHL action (one goal, one assist in 16 games), but he has played valuable minutes for a Bruins defense corps that has been without Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, Dougie Hamilton and Adam McQuaid for extended periods of time.
The 26-year-old has also shown a willingness to throw his body around, as evidenced by the two crushing hits he laid on Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown during the Bruins’ 3-2 win Monday afternoon.
Miller tallied two goals and three assists for the Providence Bruins before his most recent promotion.
The Bruins are off until this weekend, when they visit Philadelphia Flyers in a Saturday matinee.