DENVER - Kevan Miller is finally back with his teammates.
The defenseman traveled to meet the team in Denver on Monday, and was on the ice for practice at the University of Denver's Magness Arena on Tuesday.
It marked his first practice with the team since the preseason. He fractured his left hand in the final preseason game on Oct. 8 and had surgery to repair it on Oct. 11.
Miller was given as estimated recovery time of six weeks.
"It was good," said a smiling Miller, who turned 29 years old on Tuesday. "It was good to be back around the guys and skating with them and it was a really good feeling all around."
"He's back skating with us - he's coming around," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. "Still not fully cleared for anything, full contact and all that stuff, but good enough to practice with us."
Miller's recovery time projected him for a possible return the week of Nov. 21. He's not sure how far away he is from being back.
"You know, I'm not sure - that's up to the coaches and training staff," said Miller.
He had been skating on his own before practices for a couple of weeks before joining the team. Miller has dealt with hand injuries before, and the biggest difference from other injuries he's dealt with is that he could be working out and skating not long after the surgery.
"Just skating, training, trying to get ready to go, get the body back in shape," he said.
Mentally, it was a tough start to the season, being out of action for a lengthy amount of time.
"It was very frustrating for me," said Miller. "In the last preseason game, I injure myself and don't get to start the season with the guys - but they've done a great job. It's been really fun to watch and it's fun to be watch them be successful, but definitely a struggle to be up there [in the press box] and not be able to help the guys out and practicing."
While the blueliner's still working his way back, it's been a boost to get back around the team.
"Just being back around the guys and being around the locker room, it's good for the psyche for sure," said Miller.