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Wings Sign Veteran Defenseman Steven Kampfer To A One-Year Deal

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed defenseman Steven Kampfer to a one-year contract.

Kampfer, 33, spent the 2021-22 season with Ak Bars Kazan in the Kontinental Hockey League, recording 30 points (11-19-30), 49 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating in 46 appearances, in addition to four points (2-2-4) in six postseason games. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound defenseman has skated in 231 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, compiling 39 points (15-24-39) and 110 penalty minutes. Originally selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Kampfer was a Black Ace on Boston’s Stanley Cup-winning team in 2011 as a first-year professional. He has also appeared in 271 American Hockey League games between the Providence Bruins, Houston Aeros, Iowa Wild, San Antonio Rampage, Hartford Wolf Pack and Providence Bruins, totaling 119 points (31-88-119) and 211 penalty minutes.

A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Kampfer played four seasons at the University of Michigan from 2006-10 prior to turning pro, amassing 60 points (7-53-60), 134 penalty minutes and a plus-65 rating in 147 contests. Kampfer was named to the NCAA Midwest All-Regional Team as a senior and helped the program win Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament championships in 2008 and 2010. A product of the Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club, Kampfer joined the Wolverines after playing two seasons with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League from 2004-06, where he logged 35 points (12-23-35) and 190 penalty minutes in 103 contests. On the international stage, Kampfer served as an alternate captain for the United States at the 2022 Winter Olympics, notching four points (1-3-4), two penalty minutes and a plus-four rating in four games. He also earned a bronze medal as an alternate captain for Team USA's Under-19 team at the 2006 Viking Cup, served as an alternate captain for Team USA’s Under-18 Select Team in 2005 and captured a silver medal when he captained Team USA’s Under-17 Select Team in 2004.

 
 

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Slated for GR, maybe?

Posted by exor54 on 05/22/22 at 02:55 PM ET

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via Matt Porter of the Boston Globe in early July, 2021.

“I’ve loved my time in Boston,” Kampfer said. “If this is the end of it, I love the guys in the room, the staff, and we’ll go from there.”

Thus ends Kampfer’s second tour with the Bruins, who traded Adam McQuaid to the Rangers in September 2018 for Kampfer and two picks in the 2019 draft. The Bruins shipped one of those picks, a conditional fourth-rounder, to Minnesota with Ryan Donato for Charlie Coyle at the 2019 trade deadline. With the seventh-rounder they acquired, they selected USHL winger Jake Schmaltz, who is entering his freshman year at North Dakota.

Kampfer, who was a prospect in the Ducks’ system when the Bruins acquired him for a fourth-rounder in 2010, lifted the Stanley Cup with the Bruins as a rookie in 2011. However, he did not get his name on the trophy — he played in 38 games that year, three shy of the cutoff, and did not see time in the playoffs.

After stints with the Wild, Panthers, and Rangers, Kampfer returned to the Bruins and finally appeared in a playoff game, 12 years after the Ducks drafted him out of Michigan (fourth round, 93rd overall) in 2007.

Kampfer, known to teammates as “Stevie Snipes,” scored the opening goal of the 2019 Eastern Conference finals against Carolina. His wrister off the rush beat Petr Mrazek, in his second-ever postseason appearance.

He opted out of the playoffs in 2020 to protect his wife and young son, who share a congenital heart defect and were more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/22/22 at 04:14 PM ET

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Oh no, I hope this guy isn’t signed as a roster add for the Wings. CAP friendly has him on the Wings roster.  How do you sign a guy from AnnArbor, 33, been on waivers a couple of times, was a pawn in the Bruins organization, average TOI is @ 15 mins ?  Well you visit the Wings GM now that you are home in Mich for a visit, stop in and say I hear you need a RH d-man, I’m free and cheap!

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 05/22/22 at 09:36 PM ET

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Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids.

This guy is not going to be on the big club. Relax and take a stress pill.

Posted by exor54 on 05/22/22 at 09:44 PM ET

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Watch out Lord Stanley, we’re comin’ for your Cup.

Posted by WingDingy on 05/22/22 at 09:55 PM ET

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This guy will have nontrade value

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 05/24/22 at 04:31 PM ET

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