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Bruins not optimistic about Seidenberg playoff return

Apr 14, 2014, 1:57 PM EDT

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Last month, there was excitement coming out of Boston as reports suggested Dennis Seidenberg — out since December with a torn ACL — might be able to return to the lineup come playoff time.

On Monday, that enthusiasm was tempered a bit.

“We’re not counting on Dennis to be back,” B’s GM Peter Chiarelli said, per CSNNE. “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.”

Seidenberg resumed skating on Apr. 9 and, at the time, Boston Herald sources claimed the team was contemplating a possible lineup return should the Bruins go deep into the playoffs. The 32-year-old German rearguard emerged as a terrific shutdown defenseman during last year’s Stanley Cup run, averaging nearly 27 minutes a night and was rewarded for his efforts with a four-year, $16 million extension in October.

Without Seidenberg — and fellow blueliner Adam McQuaid — in the lineup, Boston has relied on youngsters like Dougie Hamilton (20), Torey Krug (22), Matt Bartkowski (25) and Kevan Miller (26) extensively this season, and has managed to squeeze some decent minutes out of trade deadline pickups Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter.


  1. sports2020 - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Being cautious is smart by the B’s management.. But his presence in the locker room and on the ice will be missed. There is no way around that fact.

  2. dropthepuckeh - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    I don’t think anything has changed in terms of the team’s excitement vs playing it safe attitude with Seidenberg. It was last week (not month) that he skated and the story line appeared. Both Neely and PC said at the time that skating was the standard part of his rehab and as long as the season was still going and he was on the team he would continue his rehab. The press and fans ran with the story. Now we have a story about them tempering their enthusiasm? Sounds like the press making the press the story but attributing it to the organization.

    I think if the Bruins are fortunate enough to make the Conference Finals you will hear the subject come up as he will probably be skating with the team on off days at that time as part of his rehab. I can’t imagine what purpose it would serve for the Bruins management to get people excited for him coming back now when there are so many variable between here and there not the least of which is making it that far in the playoffs.

  3. slaugin - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    NIts not fair to the players that are going to be playing now to say the Seidenbeg is coming back, IMO

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