Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli met with reporters after the team’s practice Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena and explained the transactions.
Miller has played nine games this season; if he reaches 10 and then is sent to the minors, he would need to clear waivers, so the Bruins did not want to take that chance.
“He’s coming up on his 10th game and we don’t want to risk losing him to waivers,” explained Chiarelli. “We felt Kevin would probably be a waiver pickup by somebody and we didn’t want to risk it.”
Chiarelli spoke with Miller about the situation and told the defenseman he’s happy with the way he’s played.
“Probably the next time we bring him up will be for good,” Chiarelli said.
Warsofsky, 23, a native of Marshfield, Mass., and a product of Boston University, has played parts of four seasons with the P-Bruins. This season, he’s been one of the team’s best players, posting two goals and 14 assists for 16 points in 26 games, including a plus-10 rating.
“He’s played very well,” Chiarelli said. “He’s a little undersized (5-foot-8) but a very good skater and moves the puck well. He’s had a real good year. He got dinged up a little on Friday but he’s good to go.”
Since Adam McQuaid remains sidelined with a lower-body injury, Warsofsky will make his NHL debut with the Bruins on Thursday night in Buffalo.
Cunningham made his NHL debut Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames at TD Garden.
* Chiarelli also gave an update on forward Loui Eriksson, who is out with a concussion. He suffered the head injury on Dec. 7, which was his second concussion in a five-week span. Eriksson did show up at TD Garden on Tuesday morning, which was the first time since the injury. Since he's had two concussions in a short period, the Bruins are taking their time with his rehab.
“We’re careful with that. I talked to Loui a little bit yesterday. He’s coming along but he’s still experiencing some symptoms,” Chiarelli said. “With that type of injury you see slow improvement and that’s what Loui's going through right now, so I don’t know what the time period would be.”
* Bruins forward Brad Marchand has raised some concern with his recent play, specifically for his antics during Saturday’s loss to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. He mockingly kissed the Stanley Cup and his ring, gesturing toward the Vancouver players.
“I’ve talked to Brad and that’s all I’ll say,” Chiarelli said. “I wasn’t happy with it and he understands.”
Marchand was also called for boarding during Tuesday’s 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames.
“I saw that hit and it was a penalty. I don’t anticipate any disciplinary stuff,” Chiarelli said. “That stuff happens. We’re a physical team and it results in body contact maybe more so than other teams, so we’re under the microscope that way. You don’t like anything like what Shawn did but you’re going to have altercations and that’s going to happen, so that doesn’t surprise me.”
* Bruins coach Claude Julien did not attend Wednesday’s practice because he’s dealing with the flu, but he will travel with the team to Buffalo.