The Bruins have limited options with Mitchell Miller under contract
The Boston Bruins they have limited options with Mitchell Miller, the defenseman they signed on Friday and cut ties two days later in the wake of public outcry.
The Bruins signed Miller, 20, to an entry-level contract with the intent of sending him to AHL Providence. He remains under contract with the team and is technically still a member of Providence.
According to NHL sources, there are a few ways to fix this situation for Boston:
• The Bruins could simply decide to pay Miller to stay home this season and then shop him at the end of the year for a third of his NHL salary. According to Cap Friendly, his NHL salary is $750,000, with $95,000 in bonus money and a maximum of $105,000 in performance bonuses for the 2022-23 season.
• The Bruins could work with Miller, agent Eustace King and the NHLPA on a deal that would allow him to become a free agent. While Miller is in the AHL, that would fall under the jurisdiction of the NHLPA.
• The Bruins or the NHL could try to terminate the contract because of Miller’s history. The collective bargaining agreement gives commissioner Gary Bettman powers to eject a player from the NHL, for example. But a source told ESPN that the NHLPA would be expected to file a complaint in that case. The same goes for any kind of multi-year suspension to essentially cancel the contract.
Miller was a fourth round pick of the Coyotes of Arizona in 2020, but his draft rights were waived when a story broke about how he and another high school classmate were convicted in juvenile court in 2016 of assaulting and harassing Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, a black fellow with a developmental disability. In the report, Meyer-Crothers’ mother alleged that Miller began abusing her son in the second grade and repeatedly used racial slurs.
The Bruins informed the NHL last Wednesday that they were interested in signing Miller. They signed him to an agreement that the league recorded on Friday. Immediately, fans were outraged. Bruins veteran players like him Nick Foligno i Patrice Bergeron he expressed his disappointment in media interviews.
Bettman said last week that Miller was not eligible to play in the NHL and that “I can’t tell you that he will never be eligible to enter the NHL.”
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