Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Miller Time Has To Wait

I was about to comment on today's piece about Aaron Miller (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun):

What the Canucks are getting in Miller, who skated Monday in Burnaby with many of his new teammates, is a steady, defensive defenceman who significantly upgrades the bottom of the order on Vancouver's blue line.

The Canucks are getting another experienced voice for their leadership group.

What they're getting, importantly, is a player who improves the depth chart enough that general manager Dave Nonis, who needs to find another top-six forward, can afford to trade one of his defencemen or defence prospects for scoring up front.
I was going to say that all of this is good stuff, except now, it seems that Miller's Canucks debut is going to have to wait (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun):

General manager Dave Nonis announced today that veteran defenceman Aaron Miller has undergone minor abdominal surgery and will be sidelined for two weeks.


Miller will miss all of training camp - it begins here Thursday - and most of the pre-season but, barring complications, should be ready for the regular-season opener Oct. 5 against the San Jose Sharks.

I hope this isn't a sign of things to come. While Miller appeared in all 82 games last season, he has been known to be injury-prone and has missed large stretches of games in previous seasons. In the three seasons before that, he played in a grand total of 140 games; since his first full season in the league in 1996-97, he has appeared in more than 70 games only twice.

Yes, Miller will bring all sorts of good, veteran leadership and toughness to this team. When he makes it on the ice.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 9:30 PM


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