On Tuesday, the Boston Bruins confirmed Monday night reports by David Pagnotta of the Fourth Period and Frank Seravalli of TSN, that they have agreed to a new two-year contract with defenseman Steven Kampfer. Kampfer, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, got a little bump in salary to stay with the Bruins. Over the next two years, Kampfer will make $1.6 million that will pay him an average of $800k.
Kampfer appeared in 35 regular season games for the Bruins and notched six points (three goals, and three assists). Even though he only appeared in three games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kampfer provided some depth to the Bruins defense especially when a key player had to be out of the lineup as he knew what his role was and executed it to perfection. In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Carolina Hurricanes, Kampfer replaced the suspended Charlie McAvoy in the lineup and notched his first career playoff goal.
The Bruins now have $12 million in cap space to re-sign RFA defenseman Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo. Not to mention the potential unrestricted free agents out on the market the Bruins would like to sign.
With Torey Krug entering the final year of his deal, having Kampfer on the roster will give the Bruins some security if the team decides to trade Krug.