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Sport Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer opts out of NHL postseason

05:30  14 july  2020
05:30  14 july  2020 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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Slipping through the cracks of a refreshingly busy weekend for NHL roster news of many varieties was the announcement that Boston Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer has joined the list of those players who have opted out of participation in the upcoming postseason. Kampfer took to Twitter to state that he has made the difficult decision not to return to the Bruins for their upcoming postseason run. The veteran revealed that his wife and son suffer from a congenital heart defect that can be complicated by the effects of COVID-19. For that reason, he decided that no one can fault him for to put his family’s health and safety first.

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a man wearing a hat: Steven Kampfer, 31, is a veteran of 211 NHL games, including 10 this season with Boston. © Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports Steven Kampfer, 31, is a veteran of 211 NHL games, including 10 this season with Boston.

Kampfer, 31, is a veteran of 211 NHL games, including 10 this season with Boston. While he had not played a major role this season with the Bruins, Boston valued his presence last season as it dealt with consistent injury issues on the back end. Kampfer was one of a dozen defensemen to suit up for the Bruins in the 2018-19 season, playing in 35 regular-season games as well as three playoff games. His experience and intelligent puck moving came in handy in tough spots for the Bruins last season, and Boston rewarded him with a two-year extension last summer. The Bruins undoubtedly would like to have him this postseason in case the going gets tough again. Instead, they will have to make do without him for now and hopefully welcome him back next season.

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a man wearing a hat: Steven Kampfer, 31, is a veteran of 211 NHL games, including 10 this season with Boston. © Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports Steven Kampfer, 31, is a veteran of 211 NHL games, including 10 this season with Boston.

However, the Bruins are in good shape on the blue line, especially considering the time off to enter the playoffs fully healthy for the first time in several years. While the Bruins will be missing Kampfer and Kevan Miller, out all season due to injury, Boston’s training camp roster features 10 defensemen with NHL experience. This includes their regular top five of Charlie McAvoy, Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo and Matt Grzelcyk, a trio of dependable options to fill out the starting lineup in John Moore, Jeremy Lauzon and Connor Clifton, and top prospects Urho Vaakanainen and Jakub Zboril.

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