Colin Miller will be sticking around Boston for the foreseeable future — on Wednesday, the B’s signed him to a two-year, $2 million extension with a $1M average annual cap hit, per TVA.
Miller, 23, made his NHL debut last season, appearing in 42 games all told. He showed some decent offensive upside, with 16 points, while averaging just under 16 minutes per night.
A former fifth-round pick of Los Angeles, Miller was part of the deal that saw he and Martin Jones go to Boston in exchange for Milan Lucic. While he’s always been a talented offensive defenseman, there are concerns about Miller’s defensive awareness.
In related news, it sounds like Boston has also agreed with another young defenseman, Joe Morrow.
Per General Fanager, Morrow is back on a one-year deal worth $800,000. A former first-round pick, Morrow had his most extensive NHL experience last year, scoring seven points in 33 games for the B’s. Like Miller, Morrow is also 23 and like Miller, he’s yet to really establish himself at the big league level.
GM Don Sweeney bought out Dennis Seidenberg last month, which should free up some minutes for Miller and Morrow to battle over, though that can’t be considered a successful offseason. Sweeney has been outspoken about trying to upgrade the blueline but, as of now, he’s got a near identical group to the one that finished last season.