As a result of the salary cap being stagnant at $81.5 million and the Expansion Draft for the Seattle Kraken, the Boston Bruins have decided to wait on signing any of their UFAs. Unfortunately, one of them has made a decision for himself without waiting.
Late in the spring, rumours about Steven Kampfer signing a deal with a KHL club swirled around the defenseman. On breakup day, Kampfer stated he had received offers but denied that he had signed a deal with a KHL club.
Steve Kampfer confirms he's received KHL offers but hasn't signed anything because he's still technically under contract with the Bruins. Doesn't know where signing report came from.
— Ian McLaren (@iancmclaren) June 11, 2021
Kampfer at the time was still recovering from surgery from surgery from a broken arm. Presumably he’s all healed up now because he is now officially taking his talents to the KHL, to Ak Bars Kazan specifically.
— EP Transfers (@ep_transfers) July 5, 2021
I get it. If he stayed in the NHL he was going to be limited in his role, most likely as a depth defenseman. He was great at the role. But if he wanted a chance to prove that he can play in every game with substantial minutes, it wasn’t going to happen with the Boston Bruins or even likely in the NHL.
Good luck, Steven!