The Rangers traded Kampfer (hand) -- along with a 2019 fourth-round draft pick and conditional seventh-rounder -- to the Bruins in exchange for Adam McQuaid on Tuesday. Here we have a swap of two defensemen, but the Bruins get a pair of picks in the deal since McQuaid is much more valuable than Kampfer. Considering Kampfer's relatively high draft position -- he was a fourth-rounder by the Ducks in 2007 -- it's been a bit surprising that he's only garnered 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) through 166 games and has yet to seize a full-time gig at the top level. His role is unlikely to change in Boston, especially coming off a season in which he broke his hand, so it's safe to ignore him in fantasy setups.
Kampfer (hand) is listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site. This transaction was expected given Kampfer's return timetable of 4-to-6 weeks and the corresponding call-up of former Red Wing Ryan Sproul on Monday. New York's blue line looks rather suspect, as Kampfer joins Ryan McDonagh (upper body), Kevin Shattenkirk (knee) and Marc Staal (neck) on injured reserve.
Kampfer will miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured hand. Though Kampfer is not a major fantasy force, this is still bad news for the Rangers. New York is already dealing with injuries to Kevin Shattenkirk (knee), Ryan McDonagh (upper body) and Marc Staal (neck). Now you can add Kampfer to the mix for at least the next month. From a fantasy perspective, the biggest impact here will likely be for owners who have players going up against the Rangers.
Kampfer dressed for the first time since Jan. 20 in Monday's 2-1 loss to Dallas, contributing two shots and a plus-1 rating in 19:23 of ice time. Kampfer got the chance to rejoin the lineup in place of Marc Staal (cervical strain), and was on the ice for the team's only goal. He didn't do anything to lose his spot moving forward, but Kampfer is constantly on the bubble between slotting in and serving as a healthy scratch. That role simply doesn't translate to much fantasy value, especially on a Blueshirts team that's scuffled to a 3-7-0 record in its past 10 games.
Kampfer has skated on the third pairing for the Rangers' last two contests, after being a healthy scratch for the previous 16 outings. The 29-year-old averaged 17:55 of ice time in the contests, notching four hits and five blocked shots. Kampfer has just one assist on the season in the 15 games he's played, and with his low usage on Broadway, it's unlikely we see much of an increase in the points column for the remainder of 2017-18.
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