Campbell on track for start of camp

Campbell on track for start of camp
August 12, 2013, 1:45 pm
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DANVERS, Mass. – In an always welcome bit from the good news department amid the Bruins’ idle summer, it appears B’s center Gregory Campbell is working out and on track to be ready for the start of training camp next month.

Campbell is walking around, working out and generally close to fully healed from a broken right leg sustained while blocking a shot on the penalty kill in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Penguins back in June. The 29-year-old center was the picture of courage, heart and toughness in the Stanley Cup playoffs when he blocked a sizzling Evgeni Malkin shot with his right leg.

Campbell finished off a minute-long shift in the Bruins' Game 3 win before skating to the bench in extreme pain. His absence forced the Bruins coaching staff to break up the Merlot line of Campbell, Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille for the rest of the playoffs, and their depth situation was never the same against the Penguins or the Chicago Blackhawks.

B’s training camp is slated to begin Sept. 11, and it seems that the fourth line pivot is on track to be fully ready when the puck finally drops a month from now.

Campbell spent some time with B’s enforcer Shawn Thornton a week ago on a swing through Boston, and he got two thumbs up from his longtime linemate.

“He was in town a couple of weeks ago, and he borrowed my car because he’s too cheap to go out and rent one,” said Thornton with a wide smile. “He looks pretty good. He’s up walking around, and he said that he’s working out. He looks good, so I’m hoping he’s ready to go at the start of camp.”

The Bruins set a 6-8 week recovery timetable for Campbell when he sustained the injury, and it appears that the gritty forward is right on schedule.