By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON Steve Kampfer has practiced with the team for roughly a week without limitations, and is getting closer to potentially joining the Bruins lineup if and when an opportunity arises. Kampfer is still working on his conditioning after missing a month with a knee injury, and the time is still not quite here for the 22-year-old to potentially supplant any struggling Bs blueliners.Hes still working on his conditioning, but hes certainly getting close, said Julien.Claude Julien sounds like a man thats going to ride things out with Tomas Kaberle despite the struggles that have really hampered the big trade acquisition from almost immediately following his first game as a Bruin against the Ottawa Senators.His turnover in front of the net that led to a Teddy Purcell goal was exactly the kind of soft defensive play that can bury a hockey team during the playoffs, and his coach knows he needs to turn things around.I expect Kaberle to play better tonight, Julien said. We talked about it and I think hes committed to playing better. As a coach and as a team you support, and you expect your players to answer the call. We believe in him. So thats what we expect out of Tomasto be a good player for us.If Kaberle doesnt start being a good player for the Bs soon, perhaps Kampfer will be healthy enough to push him as competition provided Bostons season isnt already over by then.
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BRIGHTON, Mass -- Life as an emergency practice goalie can be pretty rough.
Take, for instance, Mass State Trooper Keith Segee, who has suited up a couple of times for the Boston Bruins this season during times of need, and did exactly that during Wednesday’s optional practice for the Black and Gold.
Segee got caught with a Zdeno Chara cranked slap shot right in the family jewels, and then had to walk…er, crawl it off like any normal human being would after getting bombed by a guy that can shoot it 108-mph.
“He’s got the hardest shot of anybody I’ve ever seen,” said Segee, with a smile. “I had to take two or three laps around the rink after that one and skate it off.”
Give Chara credit for moving right over to Segee and giving him a tap on the backside for skating it off, and risking life, limb and perhaps a lot more to stop a few pucks for the Black and Gold.
Segee played at Revere High and Salem State College before joining the Mass State Police, and got the emergency gig through Bruins goalie coach Bob Essensa when Boston needed a practice goalie at the end of last week in Tuukka Rask’s absence.
Let’s hope Segee is okay at this point, or the Bruins captain could be looking at a few more moving violations in his future.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while gearing up for the last couple of weeks.
*The Edmonton Oilers will return to the Stanley Cup playoffs this season as it looks like Canada will be well-represented once again after last year’s absence.
*Let’s meet the man behind the push to bring the NHL to China, and introduce the game to billions of people.
*Eric Staal is enjoying his second act with the Minnesota Wild, and even better he’s totally flourishing there as well.
*Let’s hear it for the US Women’s team that stuck to their guns and got an unprecedented deal with USA Hockey that will allow them to focus on winning for the next four years.
*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Steve Stamkos “really close” to a return for the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a concerning development for the Boston Bruins’ playoff hopes.
*Apparently things are getting a little heightened with the Los Angeles Kings as some of their prominent players skipped a media session in Calgary.
*For something completely different: Let’s hear it for the best news of the day, the Cash Cab is coming back.