If Miller does play on Thursday and then Sunday, or any time he plays a fifth and then sixth game this season, he will officially start the clock on his entry-level contract and will have two more years remaining after this season.
As Carp from Rangers Report points out, whether Miller ends up staying with the Rangers or being sent back down, the decision will only be about what is best for his development and not because the time on his entry-level deal will start when he plays a sixth game.
Since Miller signed his entry-level deal at 18 as long as he doesn’t play in more than five games his contract can slide and won’t officially start until next year.
John Tortorella has said that his main concern with Miller is not hurting his development.
Adam Rotter: It’s hard to see, barring injury, how Miller won’t play more than five games and start his entry level contract. Besides the fact that he has played nicely for the Rangers since being called up, if the Rangers decided before Sunday to send him down, there is no question that they would call him back up later in the season if they thought he could help.