Kampfer to miss a week with mild concussion


Kampfer to miss a week with mild concussion

By Danny Picard

WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Steve Kampfer has been diagnosed with a mild concussion, according to coach Claude Julien.

Kampfer suffered the hit deep in his own zone on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He didn't return for the third period and wasn't on the ice for Friday's practice at Ristuccia Arena.

Julien said he expects Kampfer to miss "about a week." With defenseman Shane Hnidy (shoulder) still two to three weeks away from being able to play and Andrew Ference ("lower body injury") off the ice until he resumes skating on Sunday or Monday, the Bruins are expected to call up a defenseman from Providence before Saturday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the TD Garden.

"We're hoping that in a week from now, he should be close to being back," said Julien after Friday's practice. "He's got to go through the protocol, but he can't play for a week."

The Bruins are no strangers to concussions, and with the team's latest head injury being dealt out to Kampfer, Julien brought up the idea of cutting down the size of shoulder pads.

"Back in the day, we only had those little caps on our shoulders," said Julien. "Maybe an idea, is maybe going back to that. When you only have a little cap on your shoulder, you're going to think twice about the kind of hits you're going to throw.

"Back in those days, we had dislocated shoulders and separated shoulders. But that's very minimal, compared to concussions. Do we want to go in that direction, and say, if we're going to get some injuries, we're better off to get the shoulder injuries than the head injuries? Maybe we've got to minimize some of that equipment. Because the better protected you are, the braver you are. Maybe that's something that we have to consider."

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Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.