By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON -- Steve Kampfer was the only significant injury to the Bruins during the preseason, and even that wasnt all that serious as it turns out.
Kampfer has been doing well rehabbing the MCL sprain in his left knee suffered in the preseason finale against the Ottawa Senators, and Claude Julien said the puck-moving defenseman may be ready to skate some time this week. Thats excellent news for the young blueliner after fearing the worst when he thought he heard a popping noise in the left knee after making contact with Sens skater Jared Cowen.
Hes getting pretty close. Theres a possibility if everything continues to go well that he might start skating this week, said Julien. It will all depend on our medical staff as to whether its to his advantage to skate with us or skate by himself while continuing to get treatment.
Bruins rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski made the Bs roster out of training camp after Kampfer went down and played in the season opener when Adam McQuaid fell ill, but the expectation is that Kampfer will take over as the spare defenseman for Boston as soon as hes healthy.
The Bruins havent made a determination yet whether Kampfer will accompany them on their road trip through Carolina and Chicago this week to face the Hurricanes and Blackhawks.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!
*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.
*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.
*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.
*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.
*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.
*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.
Thanks in large part to a big performance by Tuukka Rask, the Bruins were able to squeak out a 2-1 win against the Sabres.
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