When Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg blew out his ACL against the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 27, nobody thought he would have a chance to return.
It looks like that may not be the case.
Seidenberg said in an interview with the Boston Globe yesterday, “I could probably play right now.” His surgery was on Jan. 7, and typical recovery period is six to eight months, which means he should miss the rest of playoffs.
Seidenberg has been skating since the Bruins’ first round series against the Detroit Red Wings, and he has participated in the last few team practices. If Seidenberg could return, the Bruins could sure use him. Andrej Meszaros struggled mightily in Game 3 when he replaced Matt Bartkowski, and near the end of that game it looked like Zdeno Chara could use a breather.
Dougie Hamilton, who has had a spectacular playoff performance, also looked his worst as he misplayed P.K. Subban coming out of the penalty box which led to a goal for the Montreal Canadiens.
Seidenberg says his range of motion is fine, and there is no swelling. However, there is the concern of being game ready, especially in a highly intensive playoff series. That said, the penalty kill has struggled, allowing four power play goals on 10 attempts from Montreal. Seidenberg, if able, would improve that penalty kill unit tremendously and eat some more minutes when Chara needs a break. There are also rumors that he injured his hand, which means his minutes might need to be limited even more.
It was not said what date Seidenberg was given to return to the ice, but it certainly was not early May. When his return was speculated it was often mentioned the late Eastern Conference Finals or the Stanley Cup if the Bruins got that far along.
But the second round? No one could have ever imagined that.
General Manager Peter Chiarelli would not comment on the potential return of his No. 2 defenseman. However, Boston could probably use his physical, tough and smart play to sew up any holes in the defense against a fast skating Canadiens team.