A minor-league tune-up for defenseman Steven Kampfer turned into an injury issue yesterday.
As Adam Kaufman over at NESN.com reports, the first-year pro suffered an undisclosed injury early in a victory over Springfield by the Bruins’ Providence (AHL) farm club.
Kampfer had been assigned by Boston before the weekend so he could get in some game action before the postseason. He had been a healthy scratch for nine of the Bruins’ previous 10 games.
As Providence head coach Rob Murray told NESN.com:
“He came back, he played one shift after that and he didn’t feel he could go, so we shut him down for the game and hopefully it’s not too serious. He was able to get back out there and skate. The doctors were in here this morning to look at him, so we’ll see. Hopefully it’s not, you know, that’s a tough break for him if it’s anything serious.”
If the injury is serious, Shane Hnidy would definitely be the Bruins’ seventh defenseman for the playoffs. As for who’s No. 8, rookie Matt Bartkowski endured a few mediocre games in the NHL earlier this season. Andrew Bodnarchuk has been pedestrian at best this year. The pickings are slim, especially considering Kampfer’s recent struggles. So the Bruins have cross their fingers the rookie will come around.