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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Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.