Notes: Ference out with lower body injury


Notes: Ference out with lower body injury

By JoeHaggerty

OTTAWA Andrew Ference will be sidelined for about two weeks after being injured in the first period of Bostons Saturday night win over the Vancouver Canucks, and missed Sundays win over the Edmonton Oilers.

It appeared Ference took a knee-on-knee hit during the game, and was noticeably limping around Rexall Place on Sunday while sitting out the Oilers game.

Im not sure actually if its a week-and-a-half to two weeks, or maybe more, said general manager Peter Chiarelli, who added he wasnt tempted to deal for another defenseman in the wake of Ferences injury. Its in and around that range.

Steve Kampfer jumped back into the lineup in Ferences place and finished a minus-1 in 13:55 of ice time while showing a little rust after sitting out a couple of games.

Tomas Kaberle has already made a clear impact on the Bruins since arriving in their lineup four games ago, and naturally questions gravitate toward his contract situation following the season.

The 32-year-old defenseman is entering unrestricted free agency, but had clear interest in directing a path to Boston when Toronto GM Brian Burke decided that the aging defenseman didnt fit into the Maple Leafs plans. Chiarelli met with the media following the NHL trade deadline on Monday, and indicated that both sides have agreed to table contract extension discussions until after the season is over.

The 20 remaining games allow both Kaberle and Chiarelli to evaluate the fit between organization and player, and its obvious that the defensemans performance in the upcoming playoffs could factor heavily into his price tag after the season.

Either way, Chiarelli sounded optimistic that the Bruins could sign Kaberle as they signed Dennis Seidenberg after dealing for him last season.

Whats the state of talks between Kaberle and the Bruins?

Nothing beyond my brief discussion with his representative after we acquired him, said Chiarelli. We both agreed to wait until the season was over. Which was in a very positive light and Im very optimistic.

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McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff


McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.