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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Stuart out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

By James Murphy

Boston Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart suffered a broken hand in the first period of the Bruins' 3-2 overtime win over the Sabres Tuesday night and will be out 4-6 weeks, the team said Wednesday evening.

"Mark sustained a fracture to the fourth metacarpal of his right hand [ring finger] and dislocated his fourth metacarpal phlangeal joint," general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement. "He was evaluated by Dr. Matt Leibman at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and is expected to miss approximately 4-6 weeks."

In Stuart's place during Wednesday' practice was rookie Steven Kampfer, who was called up from Providence on emergency basis earlier in the day. Kampfer was paired with Dennis Seidenberg.

The Bruins are hoping Kampfer can bring some speed and puck mobility from the back end.

“He’s a good puck-handler, he moves the puck well,” coach Claude Julien said of the former Michigan Wolverine, who impressed him and the team brass in training camp. “He’s got some mobility.

“He’s had a good year. I think it’s an opportunity for him to step in and show us he’s a good puck-moving defenseman and something that we need. We liked his training camp, we liked the way he handled himself under pressure and hopefully we'll see more of that in the next little while.”