Kampfer 'getting close' to being ready


Kampfer 'getting close' to being ready

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON Steve Kampfer has practiced with the team for roughly a week without limitations, and is getting closer to potentially joining the Bruins lineup if and when an opportunity arises. Kampfer is still working on his conditioning after missing a month with a knee injury, and the time is still not quite here for the 22-year-old to potentially supplant any struggling Bs blueliners.Hes still working on his conditioning, but hes certainly getting close, said Julien.Claude Julien sounds like a man thats going to ride things out with Tomas Kaberle despite the struggles that have really hampered the big trade acquisition from almost immediately following his first game as a Bruin against the Ottawa Senators.His turnover in front of the net that led to a Teddy Purcell goal was exactly the kind of soft defensive play that can bury a hockey team during the playoffs, and his coach knows he needs to turn things around.I expect Kaberle to play better tonight, Julien said. We talked about it and I think hes committed to playing better. As a coach and as a team you support, and you expect your players to answer the call. We believe in him. So thats what we expect out of Tomasto be a good player for us.If Kaberle doesnt start being a good player for the Bs soon, perhaps Kampfer will be healthy enough to push him as competition provided Bostons season isnt already over by then.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18: Landeskog wants to stay in Colorado

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Landeskog wants to stay in Colorado

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while thoroughly enjoying Nick Offerman co-hosting on the Today Show this morning.

*Gabriel Landeskog knows his name has been mentioned in trade rumors with teams like the Bruins, but he wants to stay with the Colorado Avalanche.

*The New York Rangers are facing a goalie crisis for the first time in 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to show signs of hockey mortality.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the New York Islanders seeking to speak with fired Florida coach Gerard Gallant about their new opening after firing Jack Capuano.

*Ondrej Pavelec has been brought back from the AHL to Winnipeg to rescue the Jets from their goaltending situation, and he wants to stay for as long as he can.

*Rene Bourque has reached the 700 game mark in his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche, and he hopes to keep it going.

*Young star Jack Eichel’s hunger for greatness could certainly lend itself to a leadership role with the Buffalo Sabres

*For something completely different: Hollywood is thinking of rebooting “White Men Can’t Jump” and this is simply the worst idea ever. I’d rather watch a movie with Woody and Snipes 25 years later than a lame reboot.