Bruins sign defenseman Kevan Miller to 4-year deal

BOSTON (WHDH) - The Boston Bruins have several players they need to make decisions on this offseason. Today they moved forward with one of those players.

The Bruins announced that they’ve signed defenseman Kevan Miller to a four-year contract extension through 2019-2020 at a cap figure of $2.5 million per season, or $10 million total.

Miller has played three seasons for the Bruins after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2011. This past season, he played in a career-high 71 games and had five goals, 13 assists, and 18 points – all career highs. He had the second-best plus-minus on the team at +15.

But Miller and the defense struggled at times this season and failed to make the postseason for the second year in a row, raising questions about the team’s defensive play.

Through his career, the 28-year-old University of Vermont product has 8 goals, 23 assists and 21 points in 159 games.

The Bruins also announced that they have signed forward Seth Griffith to a one-year, two-way contract at a cap figure of $625,000 per year. Griffith played just four games in the NHL this past season but was the league leader in assists in the AHL and was a first-team All-Star.

Earlier Tuesday, the Bruins announced two changes to the team’s coaching staff.

Bruce Cassidy and Jay Pandolfo were hired as assistant coaches and will join Joe Sacco and Bob Essensa on Claude Julien’s staff. The team also announced that Doug Houda would not return to the Bruins this fall.

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