By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON -- Steve Kampfer was the only significant injury to the Bruins during the preseason, and even that wasnt all that serious as it turns out.
Kampfer has been doing well rehabbing the MCL sprain in his left knee suffered in the preseason finale against the Ottawa Senators, and Claude Julien said the puck-moving defenseman may be ready to skate some time this week. Thats excellent news for the young blueliner after fearing the worst when he thought he heard a popping noise in the left knee after making contact with Sens skater Jared Cowen.
Hes getting pretty close. Theres a possibility if everything continues to go well that he might start skating this week, said Julien. It will all depend on our medical staff as to whether its to his advantage to skate with us or skate by himself while continuing to get treatment.
Bruins rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski made the Bs roster out of training camp after Kampfer went down and played in the season opener when Adam McQuaid fell ill, but the expectation is that Kampfer will take over as the spare defenseman for Boston as soon as hes healthy.
The Bruins havent made a determination yet whether Kampfer will accompany them on their road trip through Carolina and Chicago this week to face the Hurricanes and Blackhawks.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while knowing that nobody will ever forget the courage and zest for life that 5-year-old Red Sox fan Ari Schultz showed in his far too short life. Rest in peace, little guy.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Chicago Blackhawks adjusting to the returns of both Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp after their short stints away from the fold. It will be really interesting to see if the Blackhawks can recreate their magic by bringing some of the past Cup pieces to the scene after last year’s disappointing end.
*Ilya Kovalchuk is primed for a return to the NHL in 2018-19 after playing one more season, an Olympic season no less, in the KHL.
*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Arpon Basu chronicling the day with the Cup in Montreal for Marc-Andre Fleury.
*Speaking of the Blackhawks, it sounds like Jonathan Toews is going to scale back on the “Captain Serious” approach to his hockey career this upcoming season.
*Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee is pleased with the state of his expansion team after looking at some of the pieces, and doing a little wheeling and dealing after the fact. I mean, you have to wheel and deal if you’re a hockey team in Vegas, right?
*Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar is relieved his new contract with the Winged Wheels will allow him to avoid arbitration.
*For something completely different: It remains to be seen whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but we’re completely in a culture where media entities are writing full stories about posters. Okay, I think this is a bad thing and my mind is already made up.
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