OTTAWA Andrew Ference will be sidelined for about two weeks after being injured in the first period of Bostons Saturday night win over the Vancouver Canucks, and missed Sundays win over the Edmonton Oilers.
It appeared Ference took a knee-on-knee hit during the game, and was noticeably limping around Rexall Place on Sunday while sitting out the Oilers game.
Im not sure actually if its a week-and-a-half to two weeks, or maybe more, said general manager Peter Chiarelli, who added he wasnt tempted to deal for another defenseman in the wake of Ferences injury. Its in and around that range.
Steve Kampfer jumped back into the lineup in Ferences place and finished a minus-1 in 13:55 of ice time while showing a little rust after sitting out a couple of games.
Tomas Kaberle has already made a clear impact on the Bruins since arriving in their lineup four games ago, and naturally questions gravitate toward his contract situation following the season.
The 32-year-old defenseman is entering unrestricted free agency, but had clear interest in directing a path to Boston when Toronto GM Brian Burke decided that the aging defenseman didnt fit into the Maple Leafs plans. Chiarelli met with the media following the NHL trade deadline on Monday, and indicated that both sides have agreed to table contract extension discussions until after the season is over.
The 20 remaining games allow both Kaberle and Chiarelli to evaluate the fit between organization and player, and its obvious that the defensemans performance in the upcoming playoffs could factor heavily into his price tag after the season.
Either way, Chiarelli sounded optimistic that the Bruins could sign Kaberle as they signed Dennis Seidenberg after dealing for him last season.
Whats the state of talks between Kaberle and the Bruins?
Nothing beyond my brief discussion with his representative after we acquired him, said Chiarelli. We both agreed to wait until the season was over. Which was in a very positive light and Im very optimistic.