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Claude Julien still not quite saying Steven Kampfer is ready to play

TAMPA — Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer said earlier in the week that he is “definitely” ready to go [1] if the Bruins need him, but coach Claude Julien [2] still isn’t ready to go that far. Julien reiterated his week-long message that Kampfer, who is coming off a knee injury, is “close.”

“He’€™s pretty close I think. I just talked to him after practice there. We had a little bit of a chat on the ice and talked about what he’€™s been through the last little while and how he’€™s felt and everything else, so I think he’€™s getting pretty close to that,” Julien said after Thursday’s skate. “If anything, I think pretty soon we’€™ll be able to say he’€™s a guy that could jump in if something happened.”