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Steven Kampfer answers Twitter Q&A


The Bruins defenseman invited questions from his followers during his flight and answered them all in 140 characters or less.

 @smiley_horts: who was your #1 hockey idol growing up?@SteveKampfer47: has to be Nick Lidstrom. Guy is amazing. @rennoceralc: who is your favorite team to play against?@SteveKampfer47: Big fan of playing Tampa and Detroit. @elamja2: who is the best fighter on the bruins? What's your coffee?@SteveKampfer47: we have a lot of good fighters. hazelnut coffee. @Kayleen5: so then what is your favorite quality in a girl Steve?@SteveKampfer47: the smile. Can't fake it. @SteveyB84: who do you think is your biggest competition i...

Top 10 must-see games on the 2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks schedule

As the days march on towards Opening Night, and the bulk of trades and free agency acquisitions have been completed; the Draft and prospect camps are over; and the opening of Training Camps are still a few weeks away; as the weeks left until the new season drop into the single digits, there's one date circled on every fan's calendar to make it through the August doldrums: the date that their team's tickets go on sale. The Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of exciting matchups to choose from this year.

Five years ago, getting 14,000 fans in the seats at the United Center would've been considered a special night. Now, after three h...

What's Wrong With Chara?

Zdeno Chara gets beaten easily by Alex Burrows for the OT winner The question that's been floating around the media since last night is what the heck is wrong with Zdeno Chara? Stats aside, Chara's body language has been that of a defeated/hurt/exhausted hockey player. Even in Game One you could tell something was wrong. I don't have a horse in this race, but it kind of hurts to see Chara struggle so much. It sucks to see any player on the big stage perform at a level that isn't close to what they play to. I know Chara has had his head chopped off for some incident's (ask Max), but everyone has their dark moments. Usually when I watch Chara, he has a jump in his step and his shot ...

Boston Reaches Deal with Former Bruin Defenseman Shane Hnidy

photo courtesy of AP Photo The Boston Bruins have re-signed veteran defenseman Shane Hnidy to a one-way contract worth $500,000 on Saturday, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Dreger also reported that Hnidy is still in the process of rehabbing his shoulder and won't be able to suit up for the Bruins for several weeks. Hnidy, who had 17 points in 108 games with the B's from 2007-2009, has been practicing with the team for the past week on a tryout basis. As reported on The Checking Line earlier this week, Boston already has seven active defensemen and will need to rearrange their blue line. "Signing Hnidy would be an economical way to reinforce their depth and veteran presenc...

Former Bruin Shane Hnidy Joins Club for Tryout

photo courtesy of AP Photo Though it seemed that the Boston Bruins had finished their trade deadline moves early this season, they’re not quite done yet. According to several reports, former Bruins defenseman Shane Hnidy joined the club in Vancouver on Wednesday, in hopes of signing a contract. NESN’s Naoko Funayama tweeted about the situation. “Hnidy is also back wearing his old #34...on the ice now for Bs practice in Vancouver. “Chiarelli says they will look at Hnidy for the next few days and determine from there whether to sign him.” The 35-year-old blueliner, known as the ‘Sheriff,’ played 70 games for the Minnesota Wild in 2009-2010, but suffered a shou...

Boston Bruins Finish Trading Day by Sending Prospect, Draft Pick to Toronto Maple Leafs for Kaberle

photo courtesy of AP Photo After clearing up cap space in their roster, the Boston Bruins made their second trade of the day on Friday, sending prospect Joe Colborne and a 2011 first-round draft pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Tomas Kaberle. There is also a conditional pick involved in the deal; if Boston re-signs Kaberle or makes it to the Stanley Cup Finals this season, they will send their 2012 second-round pick to Toronto. The 32-year-old defenseman has been mixed up in trade rumors with the B’s for the past several years. Boston GM Peter Chiarelli has sought Kablerle out because of his label as a puck-handling defenseman. Kaberle is the second-highest s...

Boston Bruins Trade Wheeler, Stuart to Atlanta Thrashers for Peverley, Valabik

photo courtesy of AP Photo The Boston Bruins announced significant trades on Friday; the first of which sent Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to the Atlanta Thrashers for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik. The B’s began with this trade to clear cap space for their later deal, and did so successfully. Between the two players, the Bruins were able to ship out $3.875 million, as Wheeler’s cap hit was $2.2 million and Stuart’s was $1.675 million this season. In return, they brought in the $1.325 million salary of Peverley; Valabik was immediately assigned to AHL affiliate Providence, so his salary of $762,500 won’t affect the Bruins’ cap unless he is called up. While this trade...

Frantic rally pushes Bruins past Pens

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Two months to the day of their last meeting, the Boston Bruins put on a repeat show by stunning the Pittsburgh Penguins with another late comeback. With less than a minute left to play in the game, veteran winger Mark Recchi tallied his 200th powerplay goal and gave the Bruins the lead over the Penguins for the first time all game. It was all the B’s needed. Coming into yesterday’s matchup, Boston was looking to make up for a heartbreaking overtime loss in Montreal on Saturday and to secure their second win in six games. The game was scoreless until halfway through the second period when Pittsburgh grinder Michael Rupp backhanded a sharp-an...

Bruins rally, stun Penguins 7-4

One way or another, it was going to be an interesting night in Pittsburgh. Bruins fans waited with baited breath to see how their team would fare without center David Krejci. On the opposite side of the ice, Penguins fans hoped to see their team capture only their third home win in the new Consol Energy Center. But it was Boston that breathed a sigh of relief after rallying in the third period to score five unanswered goals against contesting goaltender Brent Johnson. The first period, full of both goals and fights, set the eventful tone of the evening. Two scraps broke out in the first seven minutes of the game, pairing Shawn Thornton against Eric Godard, as well as Gregory...