Bruins Move On From Kampfer

Among the 15 deals that took place before Monday’s trade deadline, 31 players and 11 draft picks were exchanged.

The Bruins made trades with two different teams for three players. Specifically, the B’s traded defenseman Steven Kampfer to the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Greg Zanon.

First let’s look at what they gave up.

Kampfer was the 93rd overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. At the age of 23, he had skated in 48 total games for Boston with only 10 of those occurring this season. During the 2010-11 season, he received significant minutes due to an injury to Mark Stuart. Kampfer recorded five goals and five assists with the Bruins during that stretch and was only three games short of having his name etched onto the Stanley Cup.

He is a high-speed, puck-moving defenseman who has great vision of the ice. Some speculated that his skills had diminished this season. When you only play in 10 games and fail to log consistent minutes, you will undoubtedly show some rust.

Kampfer was highly praised by Bruins’ General Manager Peter Chiarelli, who brought him over from Anaheim where he was drafted. The Bruins’ system is not meant for a puck-moving defenseman at the moment. The Wild, on the other hand, could sure use a player like Kampfer and he should fit in Minnesota.

Now let’s look to see what Boston acquired.

Zanon, a left-handed shot, stands 5’11, which is the same height as Kampfer. The difference is that Zanon weighs a bulky 201 lbs. Zanon’s size allows him to be physical along the boards and anywhere in the defensive zone. Through 39 games, he has 77 hits to go along with his two goals and four assists.

For the past several seasons, he has been among the top shot blockers in the game. Last season, Zanon had 212 blocked shots, which was good for second in the league. He currently has 104 blocked shots. He should provide some value on the penalty kill.

Joe Corvo or Adam McQuaid will likely take a backseat to Zanon come playoff time.

With the 31-year-old veteran becoming an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season, the acquisition of Zanon will be a low risk, solid fit for the Bruins in the short term.

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