BOSTON — Rookie Steven Kampfer, who has been out several weeks with a knee injury suffered during a conditioning assignment with the Bruins’ Providence (AHL) farm club, joined Boston for its light practice today at the TD Garden.
It was the first time he skated with his teammates, as he only started skating on his own yesterday. However, head coach Claude Julien said Kampfer’s “not close” to returning and the defenseman said he still had to meet with the doctors to determine when he’ll be cleared for more than just “flow drills.”
Kampfer’s return in the next round or the one after could be a boost to the Bruins, who are currently without Adam McQuaid because of a sprained neck. McQuaid did not practice today and after practice Julien offered this update.
“He’s definitely getting better. We’re still saying day-to-day, but there’s improvement there with him,” said Julien. “We’re getting very optimistic that things are going to happen quicker than later. Right now, we’re just keeping our fingers crossed. He seems to be doing better. Hopefully we’ll have better news here in the next few days.”
McQuaid was injured in the first period of Game 2 Monday and did not play last night in Game 3.