Cup may be empty for Kampfer, Hnidy

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Cup may be empty for Kampfer, Hnidy

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
Marc Savard will get his name on the Stanley Cup after his season was cut short by another terrible concussion in January against the Colorado Avalanche, but fellow teammates Steve Kampfer and Shane Hnidy might not be so lucky.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said that hed been in contact via phone with league officials about Savards status, and his longstanding contributions to the Bruins along with his grievous injury made it a pretty cut-and-dry decision to include No. 91 on the chalice.

They have their criteria. I spoke with Jim Gregory and Colin Campbell about the contribution to the team in general and his level of play, said Chiarelli. I dont know if they had anything set in stone, but they basically agreed with it and told me that hed be on the Cup.

Chiarelli said he hadnt heard anything definitive on the status of either Kampfer or Hnidy, but hed know about both by the end of the week. Things, however, don't look quite as promising for those two as it does for Savard.

Kampfer came up just short in terms of the 41 games played required by NHL rules, and neither Hnidy nor Kampfer appeared in any Stanley Cup Final games, which would have automatically qualified them for Cup inclusion.

Hnidy only played in a handful of games after signing in February, but did fill in when Chara missed a game against Montreal due to the serve dehydration that struck him midway through the Canadiens series.

Im going to know about Kampfer and Hnidy shortly, said Chiarelli. Ive had discussions with them, but those are tougher arguments, unfortunately. Ill know that by the end of the week.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

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

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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

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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.