BOSTON -- The playoffs haven't even begun, and the Bruins defensive depth is already being challenged.
Young defenseman Steve Kampfer will be sidelined for a couple of weeks because of a knee injury suffered last weekend while skating for the Providence Bruins.The 22-year-old blueliner has 5 goals and 5 assists and a plus-9 for the Bruins this season in 38 games, but was sent down to Providence last week with only a handful of games remaining in the regular season. Kampfer wasnt expected to be in the starting lineup when the postseason begins on Thursday.Steven injured his knee and hes going to be evaluated in the next couple of days. My guess is hell be gone for at least two weeks, said general manager Peter Chiarelli. Weve got depth beyond that in Matt Bartkowski and Andrew Bodnarchuk and Colby Cohen. Weve got some players that can fill in. Obviously its a blow to our depth, but from what Im told, its not that bad and he should be back. I dont know. I cant give you an exact time frame, but I know its at least two weeks.Kampfer was spotted on crutches last weekend after hurting himself against the Springfield Falcons, but the injurys nature wasnt known until Chiarelli revealed that it was a knee issue.Veteran defenseman Shane Hnidy will begin the postseason as Bostons seventh defenseman after he was signed during the month of February. He played a handful of games after sitting out the entire season with a shoulder injury.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.
*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.