WILMINGTON — The Bruins had to make a tough move Wednesday, sending defenseman Kevan Miller back to Providence for the sake of making sure he remains in the organization.
Miller, who has been recalled twice for the B’s and has done well with the opportunity given to him, was about to play his 10th game, which would have meant the team would need to put him through waivers if they B’s tried sending him down later.
“We felt that Kevan would probably be a waiver pickup by somebody,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. “We didn’t want to risk it, so I spoke to Kevan beforehand and he understood. I told him I felt good about his play up here, and probably the next time we bring him up will be for good.
“It’s kind of a cold business decision, but I first asked him, ‘Have you been counting games?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Do you know what game it is tomorrow night?’ He goes, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Well what do you think?’ He understood.”
With Miller back in Providence, the Bruins have recalled defenseman David Warsofksy. That will make for a rather different look for the B’s blueline, as Miller is a bigger, more physical defenseman while Warsofsky is an undersized offensive-minded blue liner.
“Kevan Miller was up, and he’s kind of cut in the mold of Adam McQuaid,” Chiarelli said. “A size/strength guy, right shot. Now you have a guy [in Warsofsky] who’s cut a little in the mold of Torey Krug, so we’ve maybe gone from one extreme to the other, but they all play the same defensive zone coverage in Providence, so you see a pretty seamless transition with these guys and I would expect the same for Warsofsky.”
Warsofsky, who is a Marshfield native and a product of Boston University, has two goals and 14 assists for 16 points in 26 games for Providence this season. The 5-foot-8, 170-pounder suffered an upper-body injury in Providence’s game Friday, but he was skating with the P-Bruins Wednesday and will be ready to go for the Bruins.
“He’s played very well,” Chiarelli said. “He’s a little undersized, but a very good skater, moves the puck well, and he’s had a real good year. He got dinged up a little on Friday, but he’s good to go.”
The Bruins also returned Craig Cunningham to Providence after he was recalled for Tuesday’s game on an emergency basis.
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