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Miller has third knee surgery for Bruins, not expected back this season

Defenseman recovering from procedure eight weeks ago, hasn't played since April 2019

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin

Kevan Miller, who has not played for the Boston Bruins in more than a year, said Thursday that he had a third surgery on his right knee eight weeks ago.

The defenseman has had a series of setbacks since breaking his kneecap during a game against the Minnesota Wild on April 4, 2019. He had surgery days after the injury, then had another procedure a month later after breaking the kneecap again while trying to come back during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"As far as hockey and rehab goes, I'm still rehabbing," Miller said during a video town hall with Bruins season ticket holders. "I was on a good trajectory there, skating and whatnot, and then I had a setback. I think [general manager Don Sweeney] talked about it a little bit. I'm just coming off surgery that I had eight weeks ago. So timing-wise, things have been good for me. I'm off crutches now and walking around again. Things are good."

Miller has been rehabilitating in Boston since the NHL season was paused March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

Sweeney said April 10 that it's unlikely Miller would play for the Bruins again this season, no matter when it might resume.

"I don't believe … it'll be in his best interest to ramp up in a short span with the hopes of playing this year," Sweeney said then. "Our intentions are for Kevan to be 100 percent healthy so he can resume when we start the next season."

Miller can become an unrestricted free agent after this season, but Sweeney said Boston would explore bringing the 32-year-old back.

Miller has 67 points (12 goals, 55 assists) in 324 NHL games, all with the Bruins.

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