“We’re working away, hopefully find a solution,” Detroit GM Ken Holland told MLive. “He’s a good penalty killer, he’s a good leader in the room.”
Scooped off waivers from Tampa Bay seven years ago, Miller has really flourished during his time with the Red Wings and developed his niche as a defensively responsible forward that logs prime shorthanded minutes.
He didn’t miss a single game from 2013-15, appearing in 82 contests each season while racking up 15 and 13 points, respectively. Miller, 32, was also one of the Red Wings’ best shot-blocking forwards and a staple of the penalty kill.
Last year, though, it was tough for him to flourish in that role.
Miller struggled through a nightmarish campaign in ’15-16, missing extensive time with a broken jaw and torn ACL. The result? Just 28 games played, and only two points scored — a tough situation to go through in a contract year (a three-year, $4.05 million deal that paid $1.35M annually.)
Those injuries could end up being a blessing, however.
Per MLive, Miller can sign a contract featuring games-played bonuses because he spent more than 100 days on injured reserve last year. That could provide some cap flexibility for Holland, who has a number of key financial decisions to make this summer.
“[Miller] doesn’t wear a letter but he’s well-respected by the younger players,” Holland said. “Hopefully we find a solution to keep him here for another year.”