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Seidenberg practices with B’s for first time since ACL tear (Updated)

Apr 29, 2014, 11:08 AM EST

Another big step on Tuesday in Dennis Seidenberg‘s improbable in-season comeback from a torn ACL — he took part in a full Bruins team practice, the first time he’s done so since suffering the injury in late December.

Update: Tap the brakes ever so slightly — Seidenberg isn’t partaking in contact drills…

The German rearguard was put on a pairing with Andrej Mezsaros in place of Corey Potter, who had been manning the unofficial No. 8 d-man role (Potter made just one appearance versus Detroit in the opening round.) It’s the latest in what’s been an accelerated return from a serious knee ailment — on Apr. 9, Seidenberg skated for the first time since surgery and, less than a month later, he’s partaking in practice.

The Bruins have been very guarded about Seidenberg’s chances to return this postseason, saying they weren’t ruling it out but also adding they weren’t optimistic about him coming back. Though they’ve played well without him, the B’s could certainly use Seidenberg’s services — he’s emerged as a terrific shutdown defenseman and, during last year’s Stanley Cup run, averaged nearly 27 minutes a night.

In October, he as rewarded for his efforts with a four-year, $16 million extension.

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 like Potter and Meszaros.

As for the likelihood of Seidenberg returning to the lineup in the second round — there’s no set date on when the Boston-Montreal series will begin, though logic suggests it could start on Friday at TD Garden.

  1. toiletclown - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    yippie, hes going to save the world

    • bsfan77 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Better all out defenceman than liability Letang. I would sit him unless he is absolutely needed. Bruin’s D is an absolute beast right now playing in front of the #1 goalie in the leauge.

      • bsfan77 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        Poo gets flushed! Derrrrrrrrrrrr! I am Toiletclown errrrrrrr, stamp it! Meat head! Go back to the hole you crawled out of!💩

    • rrsm53 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      appropriate name for a $hit comment.

  2. pepper2011 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    If he is able to return or not; this helps the B’s. It creates some healthy competition for the young guys.

    Full contact!

    • pepper2011 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Or not… thanks; I like the original much more than the update.

  3. pats2001 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    great that he’s skating and making progress, but there’s no way in hell he can come back. they signed him to a 4 year extension which kicks in after this season. don’t rush him back. and after watching zetterberg come back in game 5, it’s pretty clear how difficult it is for someone to come back and be even close to gameshape…let alone playoff game shape. i love seidenberg, but i don’t want to risk further longterm injury for him. and i also don’t want to put him in a position to possibly be a liability on the ice because he’s not in gameshape at the most critical time of the year

    now can we please get the official schedule released for the series? this is ridiculous

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      I’d imagine it will only be released after tonights game.

    • beyor35 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      The doctors wouldn’t release him to play unless he is ready… As for game shape he’s a workout machine and starting him on the 3rd pairing with short minutes to start would be better then Bartkowski playing… Even though Bart played really well in the first series, I was waiting for his normal bad play at the worst time whenever he was on the ice… I’m glad he was proving me wrong but we’ll see…

      • bruins33 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        bartkowski finished +22 with 18 assists in the regular season, pretty far from bad play. also hope to see mcquaid start to practice soon

      • beyor35 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        bruins33,

        Not trying to be an @$$ but how many B’s games did you watch this year? He made too many bonehead plays this season to count. I love his potential and as I said he has played much better of late but his +/- on the best +/- team in the league has no bearing on the conversation of bonehead plays…

      • bruins33 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        tried to watch them all and also personally play defense, he’s a solid defender. Not on the level of Seidenberg and Chara, but he’s a good defencemen. Everyone turns the puck over from time to time

      • beyor35 - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        Exactly my point, he has good upside but when we are making a run for the cup I’d rather have Seidenberg out there then Bart…

      • bruins33 - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        you were just ragging on him saying you were waiting for him to screw up all series. all I was trying to say is he’s been consistently solid all year. obviously it would be nice to have seidenberg back

      • beyor35 - Apr 29, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        bruins33,

        Not ragging on him at all, I was simply stating the facts and that Seidenberg is a big bump up from Bart… I don’t know how/where you go the ragging part but I’m done beating a dead horse…

  4. pastabelly - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Hamilton has really developed this year, especially after the Olympics and that took much of the sting out of the loss of Seidenberg. Bartkowski has played much better since the trading deadline. He really did make a lot of stupid plays before February. Krug is another who seems to take his game to another level in the playoffs. Still, if Seidenberg can get healthy by the Conference Finals (and the Bs get there), he would be invaluable against the Penguins.

    As for Game 1, the Garden won’t be available Thursday because of preparation for the Northeastern Commencement. I would think we’re looking at Friday and Sunday in Boston and Tuesday and Thursday in Montreal. The Montreal arena problem relates to concerts on Monday and Wednesday. Hockey Night in Canada really wants a Saturday Night game in Boston, but it just makes no sense from a scheduling standpoint. I hope to be at the Garden on Friday night.

  5. dropthepuckeh - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Seids will play again this year I think. I’m guessing the Bruins will hold him out if they are doing well without him, regardless of being cleared, but will go to him if they fall behind in the next series. I’m happy he is getting to participate again with the team as I know its been a long winter for him and his rehab. Great guy who is respected by most of the league.

  6. pats2001 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    my god i hope game 1 is not on sunday night…that would be atrocious…i have tickets!!!

    • pastabelly - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Tweet from Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston:

      ESPNJoeyMac Joe McDonald
      Julien on possible series starting time: “We anticipate the beginning of the weekend or the weekend.”

      I’m thinking Friday Night or Saturday afternoon.

      Montreal has concerts on Monday and Wednesday, so the following schedule makes sense.

      Game 1 – Boston Friday Night
      Game 2 – Boston Sunday Afternoon
      Game 3 – Montreal Tuesday Night
      Game 4 – Montreal Thursday Night
      Game 5 – Boston Saturday Night
      Game 6 – Montreal Monday Night
      Game 7 – Boston Wednesday Night

      Hockey Night in Canada is said to want the series to begin on Saturday Night, but that makes no sense as it causes a further delay in start times and another two day delay later because of the concerts in Montreal. The only way Saturday night happens is if the series starts on Thursday night and that’s not realistic.

  7. pats2001 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    here’s hoping for a 3 PM or 7 PM for saturday. northeastern’s graduation ceremony is friday so friday night is unlikely…but who the F knows at this point. i just can’t believe its taking this long for them to finalize everything

  8. pastabelly - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    I think NU goes on Friday morning at 10:30 and should be done by 1 pm. They could turn the Garden over for a night game. However, Hockey Night in Canada and CBC carries a great deal of leverage and wants a Saturday night game in Boston. I suppose they could go Saturday and Monday in Boston and then do Game 3 on Thursday night in Montreal and it puts the schedule a game back. The league should reconsider the way it schedules the second round of the playoffs. The Bruins and Canadiens could have started tonight.

  9. eduncan8888 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    And the rich get richer!!!

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