It's no secret, Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller has had a tough fight against injuries.
It was topped off this year when he wasn't able to suit up for at least one game.
Despite Bruins' general manager Don Sweeney saying that he'd be interesting in signing Miller to a new deal, it doesn't sound like Miller is sure he'll be ready to play.
“It’s been a long haul,” Miller said. “It’s taken a toll. Mentally, physically, it’s taken a toll. … My injury was not a very common one and then to have it break again is even more uncommon.”
“I haven’t gotten to that [point of giving up]. I’d be lying to you if I said that I haven’t been worried about where this is all going to end up. It’s my job and it’s part of my passion. I want to be healthy. I want to play. I know I could help the team. It’s a tough pill to swallow when you show up to the rink and you can’t skate with the guys, and it’s been so long since you’ve played in a game.”
“I want to be healthy. I want to play. I know I can help the team,” said Miller, who has been a physical presence for the Bruins and has 67 points (12 goals, 55 assists) in 324 games. “It’s a tough pill to swallow when you’re showing up to the rink and you can’t help the guys and it’s been so long since you’ve been able to play a game. But I’m not losing hope on that at all. If anything, it’s pushed me to push more and make sure that I’m doing it the right way to get back out there.”
“It’s tough to be there for your kids when you’re not able to really do as much as you would like or you can,” Miller said. “To be there for your wife, be there for your kids, be present. It’s beyond just the actual physical trauma. … So that takes a toll.”
The most telling of all is how long Miller has struggled for.
It's taken four surgeries, but Miller can now ties his own shoes and walk up and down the stairs.
Kevan Miller says he can now tie his shoes normally. He can walk around. There's been some progress.
— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) June 17, 2020