Miller placed on waivers, headed to AHL

Miller placed on waivers, headed to AHL
October 2, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Kevan Miller impressed Bruins officials with a physical, punishing training camp performance and has been called up from the AHL to bolster the defense corps.

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BOSTON -- The Bruins had their final tune-up practice before things get ready on Thursday, and the lineup came into shape. Carl Soderberg was missing once again with a sprained ankle suffered last weekend in the preseason finale against the Winnipeg Jets, and should be out for the season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jordan Caron skated in his place and would appear to have worked his way into the opening night lineup after questions surrounded his candidacy for cracking the team during training camp.

David Krejci returned from back spasms to take his customary spot between Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic, so he looks like a “go” for Thursday night against Tampa Bay.

Kevan Miller was also missing from the practice ice on Wednesday, and that was because the rough-hewn defenseman was to be placed on waivers at noontime for the purpose of sending him to the AHL.

The former UVM defenseman impressed Bruins officials with a physical, punishing training camp performance, but it wasn’t expected that the team would carry eight defensemen too deeply into the regular season.

Miller was the final shoe to drop in the salary cap maneuvering that the Bruins had to execute before placing Marc Savard on long term injured reserve (LTI), and that included sending Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton to Providence in a paper transaction. When clearing day on Oct. 1 came and passed, both were returned to the Boston roster while Miller was shipped to the AHL. It also appears both Krug and Hamilton will be in the top six for opening night against Tampa Bay, while Matt Bartkowski will be the spare defenseman to start the season.

Here are the lines and D-pairings based on Wednesday morning’s practice:

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson
Caron-Kelly-Smith
Paille-Campbell-Thornton


Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Krug-McQuaid
Bartkowski was the extra defenseman rotating in with the other six blueliners


Rask
Johnson