Ference out; Rask, Kampfer in for B's


Ference out; Rask, Kampfer in for B's

By JoeHaggerty
EDMONTON, AB Andrew Ference will miss Sunday nights game against the Edmonton Oilers with a lower body injury, and 22-year-old defenseman Steve Kampfer will be back in the lineup for Boston.I know hes not playing tonight, and hopefully well have a better assessment of him moving forward, said Julien. I dont know what the plan is right now, but I suspect the plan is that hell stay with us.Claude Julien said there was nothing further on Ferences injury, and that there werent any plans for the blueliner to be sent back to Boston for medical evaluation prior to Tuesday night following the game in Ottawa against the Senators. Ference injured himself in the first period of the win over the Canucks, and never returned to the game following the incident.Kampfer was scratched in each of the last two games for the Bruins after netting just a single point in the previous 10 games, and was displaced in the Bs lineup once Boston traded for puck-moving Tomas Kaberle.We want to see him play well and move the puck well. Hes one of those guys in his first year with some ups and downs and growing pains, said Julien. Weve got seven healthy defensemen, so theres always going to be somebody sitting out. Its not always about what we want to see out of him.Julien also informed that the Bs will start Tuukka Rask in net against the Oilers after the young netminder had put together his first two-game winning streak of the season in victories over the Islanders and Senators last week.
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Morning Skate: Pronger on his way to a GM job?

Morning Skate: Pronger on his way to a GM job?

*Chris Pronger takes a job in the front office of the Florida Panthers and wants to be a GM in the NHL someday.

*It sounds like Alex Radulov is playing contract chicken with the Montreal Canadiens while demanding pretty massive term and salary demands.

*Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has a top-nine winger on his wish list after dealing away Jonathan Drouin to the Habs.

*A good look from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jon Rosen into what the draft outlook is for the Los Angeles Kings entering this weekend.

*Ryan Strome is ecstatic about moving on from the New York Islanders and heading to the Edmonton Oilers where he’ll get a chance to fully utilize the skills that went under the radar in Brooklyn.

*Even without a high pick, the Buffalo Sabres and Jason Botterill will be making some moves at the NHL Draft.

*You want some talk about the Bruins prospects and their potential draft targets for the Black and Gold this weekend. Here’s FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kirk Luedeke on with a podcast up in Maine called the Bruins Diehards talking all of that good stuff just a couple of days ago.

*Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall is going searching for another goalie after once again deciding that Philly needs more help between the pipes. This seems to be a perpetual situation for this group, doesn’t it?

*Jeff Marek has his final 2017 NHL Mock Draft up and running, and he has St. Cloud State forward Ryan Poehling headed to Boston with the No. 18 pick.

*Apparently Linda Cohn wants to push out Gary Bettman and take over as NHL Commissioner when her contract is up with ESPN. Well, okay then.

*It was a little emotional and totally uplifting to see Denna Laing getting saluted at the NHL Awards ceremony. I’m so glad that my daughter has strong role models like Denna that show young women what courage and character are all about.

*The rumor mill is getting worked up at NHL Draft weekend, and it sounds like the Minnesota Wild are going to be busy potentially dealing Jonas Brodin, Marco Scandella or Jason Pominville in the next week or two. Certainly, the Bruins have been front and center in those discussions, but it remains to be seen if something gets done.

*For something completely different: The glowing reviews are coming in for the new Netflix series, GLOW, and it doesn’t sound like a fun concept.