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Acciari practices, trending toward a return when series moves to Carolina

Acciari practices, trending toward a return when series moves to Carolina

BRIGHTON, Mass – Noel Acciari (upper body) won’t play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday afternoon against the Carolina Hurricanes, but he’s trending toward a return in the series after rejoining practice on Saturday.

Acciari donned a maroon non-contact jersey while skating with his B’s teammates at Warrior Ice Arena after missing the last three playoff games with an upper-body injury, and Bruce Cassidy said he may be an option when the series turns to Carolina next week.

“[Acciari] won’t play tomorrow,” said Cassidy, of Game 2’s Sunday matinee against the Hurricanes. “He’s doing well. He should be a full practice [participant] for Monday. We’ll see what we’re doing [as a team] that day, but he’ll be ready whatever the case may be. Hopefully, that allows him to play Tuesday and then we’ll make our decision then.

“When you’re winning you don’t want to change a lot. But I have certainly done that in the past depending on [developments in the series].”

Obviously, Chris Wagner has played well in Acciari’s absence and even scored a goal in the Game 1 win over the Hurricanes on Thursday night, so it won’t be an easy decision for Cassidy when the time comes. Acciari has been solid with a goal and two points in 11 playoff games for the B’s with an even plus/minus rating and some pretty heavy hits along the way. Cassidy has never shied away from making those tough decisions, particularly with a fourth line that’s been strong for the Bruins in this playoff run since Sean Kuraly returned midway through the Toronto series.

Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings for Game 2 based on Saturday’s off-day practice for Boston:

 
Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Backes

Johansson-Coyle-Heinen

Nordstrom-Kuraly-Wagner

 
Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Clifton

 
Rask

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Report: Steven Kampfer to re-sign with Bruins on a two-year deal

Report: Steven Kampfer to re-sign with Bruins on a two-year deal

The Boston Bruins will reportedly re-sign one of their free agent defensemen. However, it's not one of the ones that many expected it to be.

According to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, the Bruins have agreed to a two-year deal with veteran defenseman, Steven Kampfer. Pagnotta broke the news on Twitter.

Kampfer was a key role player for the Boston Bruins last season. When called upon in the regular season, he had 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in 35 games of action while averaging 14:38 time on ice. And in the playoffs, he appeared in three games for the squad and notched his first career postseason goal against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Though Kampfer didn't see a lot of action, he serves as an experienced depth piece with seven years of NHL experience. And when called upon, he was solid. The Bruins probably were looking to retain him as cheap depth, especially with a couple of their top defenseman -- Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo -- hitting restricted free agency (though keeping both McAvoy and Carlo is a priority for the Bruins). 

Additionally, Torey Krug is entering the final season of his contract, so re-upping with Kampfer for two years gives them depth in case he leaves or if the team chooses to trade him.

It's unclear what the financial component of Kampfer's deal will be or if keeping him cause them to part with any of their other veteran defensemen. But for now, it appears that Kampfer is planning on returning the Bruins for another season. And keeping him as insurance is a sensible move for the Bruins.

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Bruins draft: Grading all five picks from the 2019 NHL Draft

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Bruins draft: Grading all five picks from the 2019 NHL Draft

The Bruins didn't have long to transition from the regular season to the offseason, as this past weekend's NHL Draft took place less than 10 days after the B's dropped Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Fortunately for B's general manager Don Sweeney, he had a first-round pick this time around after trading a first-rounder away a season ago in the Rick Nash trade.

When all was said and done, the Bruins addressed several needs, adding four forwards and a defenseman. 

None of those players are expected to contribute in the 2019-20 season, but how did Sweeney and the Bruins fare?

Joe Haggerty evaluated each of the B's picks based on need and where they were drafted.

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