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Bruins not ruling out playoff return for Seidenberg

Mar 21, 2014, 4:06 PM EDT

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From our friends at CSN New England:

The Bruins certainly aren’t getting their hopes up, but coach Claude Julien — like team president Cam Neely the day before — on Friday wouldn’t rule out the possibility that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg could rejoin the Boston lineup during the playoffs.

The German defenseman had surgery for a torn right ACL/MCL in early January after injuring his knee in a Dec. 27 game against the Ottawa Senators, and the Bruins said at the time he was done for the year.

The best-case scenario is that Seidenberg wouldn’t be ready until deep into a Boston playoff run, and even then there would be some hesitation to parachute someone who hadn’t played in six months into the most important games of the year.

Of late, the Bruins have been doing just fine without Seidenberg. And that’s an understatement. They head into tonight’s game with the Avs on a 10-game winning streak, a streak that’s pushed them four points ahead of Pittsburgh for the top seed in the East.

There does, however, remain concern that Boston’s back end — featuring the likes of Matt Bartkowski, Kevan Miller, Dougie Hamilton, and Torey Krug — lacks the requisite experience to excel in the playoffs.

Then again, even without Seidenberg, there’s still Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk, and a team could do worse than those two as veteran presences.

  1. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 21, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Oh please! ! He’s such an important part of this team!

  2. jcmeyer10 - Mar 21, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Neely: “Alright Claude, we need you to win, but can you take every series to a seventh game? That’s how we get Sides back this year”.

    • govtminion - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Hey, they already tried to do that a few years ago during their Cup run- three out of four series went to seven games. Why not try that again and see how it goes? (I mean, other than causing me another few heart attacks).

  3. sixchr - Mar 21, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    This is a total pipe dream. I think the Bruins are capable of reaching the Finals this year but without Seidenberg I have a hard time believing they’ll actually win the cup. I’ll be rooting for them all the way but I’m not convinced. If by some chance they can reach the Finals and Seidenberg comes back that’s a game changer.

  4. bruinsfan55 - Mar 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    I would love Seids to come back for the playoffs but for one I don’t think he would come back unless we make the finals but if he isn’t ready do not push him back. Don’t risk his health for a short term goal

  5. hockeyflow33 - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    It’s a dream if we can see Seidenberg in and Miller out.

  6. slaugin - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    I actually think miller is better option than Bart/Mesarjos/Hamilton.

  7. joey4id - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    That would be a hell of a lift for the d core and Bruins nation. I’m all for changes to teams that make the on ice product better for our viewing entertainment.

  8. ironyisadeadscene - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Getting mcquaid back should give a lift….sit the turnover machine bartkowski

  9. matthews4 - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Barts has been terrible, but Chara has been brutal. I know this will draw a lot of flack from fellow B’s fans, but i think Seids covers for his poor positioning. Look at all the breakaways we have given up, he has been out of position and on the ice for most. Especially that shorty we gave up in Tampa. I was at the game. He just seems lost with out Seids. Just sayin……….

    • profootballcaulk - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      I can’t say that B art has been terrible but he is not good either. He is the best skater on the D by far. That don’t mean too much when it comes to boxing guys out and board crashing. Krug is almost terrible. Goo to the outside, just take him wide and you’re almost assured at least a shot. Notice that Bart and Krug have never been on the ice together for any significant ice time???

  10. danglesnipecelly88 - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Miss seeing his T blades. Probably one of only 5 players who wear them

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