Bruins GM: 'There's a chance' Seidenberg could be back for the playoffs

Mar 24, 5:00 PM

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli appeared on Hockey Night in Canada Radio on Monday, and suggested that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg - assumed to be out for the rest of the season with a knee injury - may be ready to return for the playoffs.

Chiarelli added he is not counting on it, but it is a possibility.

Seidenberg appeared in 18 playoff games for the Bruins during their run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2013, registering one assist while averaging almost 26 minutes of ice time, second only to Zdeno Chara.

The Bruins are in the midst of a 12-game winning streak and have been relying on a slew of young defensemen in his absence. While they have been largely successful without him, a veteran presence is a valuable commodity come playoff time.

Having said that, Seidenberg remains under contract for four more seasons (per Capgeek), and he and the team may be better served in the long run by resting the knee over the summer and coming back fresh and healed for training camp.

Sep 2, 10:39 AM

Injured Bruins McQuaid, Kelly, Seidenberg join informal skate

Sep 2, 10:39 AM

A trio of injured Boston Bruins players – defenders Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg and forward Chris Kelly – were skating on Tuesday, along with a handful of relatively healthy teammates at an "informal skate somewhere in New England" per WEEI's DJ Bean.

All three players are coming off respective surgeries. For Seidenberg, who often logs first pairing minutes for the Bruins, he's still in the process of returning from a surgical procedure on his ACL and MCL this past January that ended his season. The German-born defender ultimately missed 56 games between the regular season and the playoffs.

McQuaid is coming off ankle surgery in early May, and was expected to take up to eight weeks to fully heal. 

Kelly meanwhile underwent surgery on a herniated disc in his back in late May. The 33-year-old pivot appeared in just 57 games last season, scoring nine goals and adding nine assists. Back injuries, and herniated discs in particular, can be tricky; but Kelly seems like he's gearing up for training camp in a couple of weeks time.

The injury-depleted Bruins managed to win the Presidents' Trophy in 2013-14, but were eliminated in the second round at the hands of their ancient rival the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup playoffs. If the Bruins hope to put this spring's playoff disappointment behind them and contend for a championship this upcoming season, the health of this trio – and Seidenberg in particular – will be key.

Feature photo courtesy of Don McPeak / USA TODAY Sports

Aug 20, 9:09 AM

Bruins' Seidenberg expected to be ready for training camp after season-ending knee injury

Aug 20, 9:09 AM

Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is expected to be back at full strength in time for training camp September, after undergoing surgery to repair season-ending ACL/MCL injuries in his right knee back in early January.

"I think the more I go on [the ice], the more my knee gets used to it, and like always, I never feel good when I start skating every summer, so it will take some time, but once training camp starts, I should be fine," Seidenberg said, as per the Bruins' official website.

It's believed that the 33-year-old could have returned had the Bruins advanced past the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Seidenberg says while it was tough to be sidelined, he's looking forward to returning to Boston's blue-line.

Those times during my injury when the guys were still playing, it went slow. It was painful just to go to every game and watch. Then there were times when it was going well and I saw progress with my injury, but then the season was over. It's basically just getting ready for next season again, and looking forward to it, because it's going to be eight months the next time I step on the ice [in Boston], and I'm looking forward to it.

Seidenberg scored one goal and added nine assists while averaging 21:50 of ice time in 34 games for the Bruins last season.

May 14, 3:00 PM

Bruins' Seidenberg unlikely to play in Game 7 Wednesday says coach Julien

May 14, 3:00 PM

Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has seemingly been flirting with an imminent return to action for weeks, but the two-way German born defender appears unlikely to play in Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

When asked whether or not Seidenberg might be available, coach Claude Julien responded cryptically per ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald:

“I don’t think so,” Julien said. 

Reporter responded: “That’s not a no.” 

Julien fired back: “I’d be very surprised.” 

Seidenberg, who damaged both the MCL and ACL in his right knee in late December, hasn't played hockey in 2014. Presumably he'll be an option to return to action should the Bruins win Game 7 and advance past the second round. 

Feature photo courtesy of Perry Nelson / USA TODAY Sports

May 7, 4:33 PM

Bruins' Seidenberg: 'I could probably play right now'

May 7, 4:33 PM

Defensive reinforcements may be on the way for the Boston Bruins in the form of veteran Dennis Seidenberg, who told The Boston Globe he is "feeling better" and "could probably play right now" after being out since late December with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee.

The general expected recovery time is 6-8 months, meaning he was originally targeting a return to full health in time for training camp. As such, Seidenberg needs full medical clearance in order to return to the Bruins lineup, regardless of how he feels.

Seidenberg has been skating regularly with the team, and while a playoff appearance remains a long shot, it doesn't appear to be out of the question.

Apr 15, 5:34 PM

Dennis Seidenberg returns to the ice, Bruins 'not counting on' playoff return

Apr 15, 5:34 PM

When Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg underwent surgery to repair a tear in both his ACL and MCL sustained in late December, he was originally ruled out for the season. 

On Tuesday, Seidenberg returned to the ice for a short skate before Bruins practice. Reportedly he looked pretty good during his on-ice session:

Despite returning to the ice and recent optimistic statements on his health status from Bruins management, the club doesn't expect the burly German defender to return to game action shortly. "We're not counting on Dennis to be back," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said on Tuesday. "We're going to be very cautious with his injury. He has been skating, but that's all I can say on it. It really hasn't changed."

In the absence of Seidenberg and veteran defender Adam McQuaid, the Bruins have leaned heavily on inexperienced defenders like Kevan Miller, Matt Bartkowski, and Dougie Hamilton. Chiarelli expressed confidence in his young defenders, singling out their recent performance as a reason to tread lightly with getting McQuaid and Seidenberg back into the lineup. "We've been doing OK with the D we have," Chiarelli said. "So we're going to be cautious."

Dec 30, 12:15 PM

Bruins D Dennis Seidenberg to have season-ending knee surgery

Dec 30, 12:15 PM

Injured Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will have surgery on his knee at some point within the next two weeks, according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe.

Based on this photo, it's not hard to see why Seidenberg faces a fairly long road to full recovery.

Seidenberg, who was averaging 21:50 of ice time for the Bruins prior to the injury, is expected to be sidelined for six to eight months.

Dec 28, 3:19 PM

Bruins D Seidenberg out for season with knee injury

Dec 28, 3:19 PM

Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will not play in another game this season.

The Bruins expect Seidenberg's recovery time will be six to eight months.

Seidenberg suffered the injury late in the third period of Friday night's 5-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

The 32-year-old blueliner had one goal and nine assists in 34 games for the Bruins this season. He was a +11 with ten penalty minutes.

Only Zdeno Chara (25:02) had more time-on-ice than Seidenberg (21:50) among Bruins defensemen in 2013-14.