By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Set to embark on a four-game road trip beginning Monday in Ottawa, the Bruins have placed defenseman Steven Kampfer on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Providence, general manager Don Sweeney confirmed Sunday.
The 31-year-old Kampfer has served as the B’s extra defenseman throughout the season, first as their No. 7 and now as their No. 8 with John Moore back in action, and appeared in four games this season, with four shots on goal and a plus-2 rating.
Kampfer’s move to the waiver wire would indicate that Patrice Bergeron, who has missed the last seven games with a lower-body injury, is ready to return to the lineup. Bergeron skated in Friday’s practice in a red non-contact sweater, and was considered a possibility for the trip, according to Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy.
It will be interesting to see if a team puts a claim on Kampfer, as the veteran journeyman defender is in the first year of a two-year, $1.6 million extension signed last summer, and claiming players with multiple years left on their contract tends to be a trickier move for many clubs.
Acquired from the Rangers in the 2018 trade that sent Adam McQuaid to the Rangers, Kampfer has tallied three goals and six points in 39 games with the Bruins throughout his second tenure with the organization, and hits the wire with 13 goals and 32 points in 205 career NHL games.
The Bruins head to Ottawa on the heels of a 4-1 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday night, which put an end to the team’s 13-game point streak.