Don Sweeney admits Bruins face “tough decisions” with upcoming free agents


The Bruins did not expect one of their base groups to withdraw from the NHL return to play plan at the start of Monday’s training camp.

But they lost a player who would likely have been invited in depth when defenseman Steve Kampfer announced he was choosing not to play this summer due to family health concerns.

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The Bruins’ defenseman was one of a handful of players, including Sven Baertschi, Roman Polak and Travis Hamonic, who decided not to play in the playoffs this summer as the global COVID-19 pandemic still hits America North full force.

Kampfer made the announcement on his Twitter account Saturday night as the Bruins released their 33-player roster for training camp which includes 29 skaters and four goalies. Here is the entire Kampfer statement, which focuses on a congenital heart defect shared by his wife and one-year-old son that could cause complications if they contract COVID-19.

“It was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make,” said Kampfer. ” We took [COVID-19] very seriously. Family will always be my priority. ”

Kampfer has played 10 games with Boston this season as a spare defenseman for the first half of the regular season, but had played in the American League with the P-Bruins in the months leading up to the regular season break in mid -March. . Kampfer has three goals and nine points in 22 games with Providence after scoring two assists in Boston during a sporadic period this year.

Last season, Kampfer played 35 games with the Bruins as seventh man D and scored an unforgettable goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference finals, while wearing three playoff games last spring.

The rest of the Bruins training for training camp came as no surprise with a mix of the group that won the Presidents’ Trophy for the 2019-2020 season as well as prospects like Jack Studnicka, Urho Vaakanainen, Zach Senyshyn, Trent Frederic and Jakub Zboril who could give Black and Gold a facelift this summer.

Here is the line-up that should hit the ice on Monday when training camp begins for the B at the Warrior Ice Arena:

Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Anders Bjork, Anton Blidh, Paul Carey, Charlie Coyle, Jake DeBrusk, Trent Frederic, Ondrej Kase, David Krejci, Sean Kuraly, Karson Kuhlman, Par Lindholm, Brad Marchand, Joakim Nordstrom, David Pastrnak, Nick Ritchie, Zach Senyshyn , Jack Studnicka, Chris Wagner

Defenders: Brandon Carlo, Zdeno Chara, Connor Clifton, Matt Grzelcyk, Torey Krug, Jeremy Lauzon, Charlie McAvoy, John Moore, Urho Vaakanainen, Jakub Zboril

Guardians: Jaroslav Halak, Max Lagace, Tuukka Rask, Dan Vladar


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