By Danny Picard
WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Steve Kampfer has been diagnosed with a mild concussion, according to coach Claude Julien.
Kampfer suffered the hit deep in his own zone on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He didn't return for the third period and wasn't on the ice for Friday's practice at Ristuccia Arena.
Julien said he expects Kampfer to miss "about a week." With defenseman Shane Hnidy (shoulder) still two to three weeks away from being able to play and Andrew Ference ("lower body injury") off the ice until he resumes skating on Sunday or Monday, the Bruins are expected to call up a defenseman from Providence before Saturday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the TD Garden.
"We're hoping that in a week from now, he should be close to being back," said Julien after Friday's practice. "He's got to go through the protocol, but he can't play for a week."
The Bruins are no strangers to concussions, and with the team's latest head injury being dealt out to Kampfer, Julien brought up the idea of cutting down the size of shoulder pads.
"Back in the day, we only had those little caps on our shoulders," said Julien. "Maybe an idea, is maybe going back to that. When you only have a little cap on your shoulder, you're going to think twice about the kind of hits you're going to throw.
"Back in those days, we had dislocated shoulders and separated shoulders. But that's very minimal, compared to concussions. Do we want to go in that direction, and say, if we're going to get some injuries, we're better off to get the shoulder injuries than the head injuries? Maybe we've got to minimize some of that equipment. Because the better protected you are, the braver you are. Maybe that's something that we have to consider."
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