McQuaid/By S. Bradley

WILMINGTON, Mass. — While the Bruins had some gloomy news on center Patrice Bergeron today, the prognosis for defensemen Adam McQuaid and Steven Kampfer was better.

McQuaid, who suffered a sprained neck in Game 2 of the Philadelphia series last Monday and hasn’t played since, should be ready for the start of the Eastern Conference finals series with Tampa Bay, according to general manager Peter Chiarelli. That prediction is pending what the schedule for the series looks like once it comes out.

Chiarelli also said that rookie Steven Kampfer, who just started skating after suffering a knee injury with the Providence (AHL) farm club just before the end of the regular season, would also be available.

McQuaid had been skating on a regular pair with Tomas Kaberle, while Kampfer hadn’t played a regular-season game for Boston since March 31. He was a healthy scratch for three games before he went to Providence on a conditioning assignment.