Bartkowski's in . . . at least until Kampfer returns

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Bartkowski's in . . . at least until Kampfer returns

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON --By the sights and sounds of things, it appears that young Bruins prospect Matt Bartkowski will crack the Bruins roster for the start of the regular season, but Steve Kampfer isnt entirely out of the picture either.

The Bruins await Kampfers MRI readings on Friday afternoon after he suffered a left knee injury in the third period on Thursday night, but they know that the promising puck-mover isnt going to be available for at least the next few weeks with the Oct. 6 season opener right around the corner.

The Bruins are just hoping its not a long term injury for Kampfer, but they dont have a read on that prior to the medical testing.

Until we get those details we dont know, said Claude Julien. We feel like its getting better and we feel theres a possibility it wont be the max number of games lost. Hopefully hell be back sooner rather than later.

So Bartkowski is all but assured to make the Bs as a seventh defenseman, and rightfully so after a solid training camp.

Julien stressed Kampfer wont lose out on a roster shot due to injury and will get his shot once hes feeling healthy.

Weve got a defenseman that was injured last night, so weve got seven in camp now. The calculation is there, right? said Julien. If we plan on seven then things are looking pretty good for Bartkowski right now then.

Having said everything else, when Kampfer comes back the roster battle will still be on. Kampfer had a great game against the Senators and I thought it was extremely unfortunate that happened to him. Hes earned the opportunity to get back and battle for that spot. So its not a given.

Bartkowski put on seven pounds over the summer and the Bs coaching staff has remarked on the gains the youngster has made in the physical strength department. Now hell get his audition with the Bruins holding only seven healthy defensemen on their roster and Saturdays preseason finale against the Islanders sitting dead ahead.

I worked on putting a little more weight and getting stronger, said Bartkowski. Its easy for me to gain weight rather than lose weight, so its doesnt really come off once its on.

Bartkowski said hes definitely looking forward to the final roster word one way or another, and says hell be ready to show one last time against the Islanders that hes worthy of an NHL spot.

Im looking for that final where am I going to play weight to be lifted off my shoulders, said Bartkowski. Itll be nice and Im excited to play another preseason game.

The final audition may be this weekend against the Isles, but it appears that Bartkowski has got the part regardless of the outcome.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

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WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

Now THIS is old-time hockey!

There's bad blood between the Bruins' David Backes and the Stars' Jamie Benn that goes back a long way, most recently in last spring's Dallas-St. Louis playoff series when Backes was still with the Blues. They met again today -- and the ungodly (hockey) hour of 11:30 a.m. Dallas time -- for a nationally televised game between Backes' new team, the Bruins, and the Stars.

And it didn't take long for the two to renew acquaintances . . .

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
 
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
 
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
 
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
 
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.

-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.

 -- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
 
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.