Bartkowski's in . . . at least until Kampfer returns


Bartkowski's in . . . at least until Kampfer returns

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON --By the sights and sounds of things, it appears that young Bruins prospect Matt Bartkowski will crack the Bruins roster for the start of the regular season, but Steve Kampfer isnt entirely out of the picture either.

The Bruins await Kampfers MRI readings on Friday afternoon after he suffered a left knee injury in the third period on Thursday night, but they know that the promising puck-mover isnt going to be available for at least the next few weeks with the Oct. 6 season opener right around the corner.

The Bruins are just hoping its not a long term injury for Kampfer, but they dont have a read on that prior to the medical testing.

Until we get those details we dont know, said Claude Julien. We feel like its getting better and we feel theres a possibility it wont be the max number of games lost. Hopefully hell be back sooner rather than later.

So Bartkowski is all but assured to make the Bs as a seventh defenseman, and rightfully so after a solid training camp.

Julien stressed Kampfer wont lose out on a roster shot due to injury and will get his shot once hes feeling healthy.

Weve got a defenseman that was injured last night, so weve got seven in camp now. The calculation is there, right? said Julien. If we plan on seven then things are looking pretty good for Bartkowski right now then.

Having said everything else, when Kampfer comes back the roster battle will still be on. Kampfer had a great game against the Senators and I thought it was extremely unfortunate that happened to him. Hes earned the opportunity to get back and battle for that spot. So its not a given.

Bartkowski put on seven pounds over the summer and the Bs coaching staff has remarked on the gains the youngster has made in the physical strength department. Now hell get his audition with the Bruins holding only seven healthy defensemen on their roster and Saturdays preseason finale against the Islanders sitting dead ahead.

I worked on putting a little more weight and getting stronger, said Bartkowski. Its easy for me to gain weight rather than lose weight, so its doesnt really come off once its on.

Bartkowski said hes definitely looking forward to the final roster word one way or another, and says hell be ready to show one last time against the Islanders that hes worthy of an NHL spot.

Im looking for that final where am I going to play weight to be lifted off my shoulders, said Bartkowski. Itll be nice and Im excited to play another preseason game.

The final audition may be this weekend against the Isles, but it appears that Bartkowski has got the part regardless of the outcome.

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Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.


Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

The Bruins’ new practice facility has been years in the making and they will finally get to officially open the doors to Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton next month. 

The B’s players will start informal captain’s practice skates at the new facility on the New Balance property in these final days of August, but the team announced on Friday that the new facility will be officially opened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, team president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney and a number of players will be on hand for the opening ceremony and ensuing open house for the media. Also planning to attend from New Balance will be Owner and Chairman Jim Davis and NB Development Group LLC Managing Director Jim Halliday, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. 

Following the formal portion of the event, Warrior Ice Arena will host the “Boston Youth All-Star Game featuring Bruins Alumni” which will feature local squirt players from the Boston communities of Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, South Boston and West Roxbury mixed in with members of the Bruins alumni. 

The Youth All-Stars will team with Bruins alumni and they will play the first official game before the ice is turned over to the current Bruins players for their training camp later in the month.

The Warrior Ice Arena gets its name from the Warrior brand of hockey equipment that is now a division of New Balance and comes with a 79-foot high Warrior hockey stick that greets visitors at the front entrance doors.

Warrior Ice Arena will be the B’s new and permanent practice home after the Bruins spent 25-plus years practicing in the suburbs of Boston at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. 


Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal


Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.

*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.

*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.

*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.

*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.

*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.  

*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.

*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.