There are some more updates available on Bob Miller’s status with the Los Angeles Kings after suffering a mild stroke back on January 28.
It’s being reported that Miller will miss at least the next 7 games while he recovers, and that he and the team will reassess the situation at the end of this month.
With his quadruple-bypass surgery last season, he had already planned to work a reduced schedule this season, sticking to home games and select road games.
With only 27 games remaining for the Kings this season, hopefully Miller can at least broadcast a few of them if he feels up to it.
He’s recovering at home and is in good spirits, and everybody in the hockey world is wishing him the absolute best.
He’s not just a valued member of the Los Angeles franchise, but one of the finest broadcasters the sport has ever had.
Ralph Strangis will replace Miller as the play-by-play guy from February 16-28 when he partners with color commentator Jim Fox.
Strangis began his career as the color commentator for the Minnesota North Stars alongside play-by-play broadcaster Al Shaver.
When the franchise relocated to Dallas in 1993, Shaver decided to stay in Minnesota, but Strangis followed the team, serving as color commentator for 3 more seasons before switching to play-by-play.
He was joined in the booth in 1996 by Daryl Reaugh, and the duo became one of the most popular broadcast pairs in the NHL.
Strangis called the 1999 Stanley Cup championship for the Stars, and it’s definitely fitting that an icon of another franchise is replacing fellow icon Miller for the time being.
Strangis left the Stars at the end of the 2014-2015 season, and was hired by the Kings this season to fill in for some games that Miller wasn’t going to work.
Strangis is a great broadcaster in his own right, but the circumstances surrounding his extended action in the booth are certainly unfortunate.
We wish Miller the absolute best in his continued recovery, as well as a successful play-by-play stretch for Strangis.