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Julien would be ‘very surprised’ if Seidenberg plays Game 7

May 14, 2014, 1:29 PM EDT

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It’s a longshot, but it also hasn’t been ruled out entirely.

That’s the story out of Boston regarding the availability of defenseman Dennis Seidenberg for tonight’s Game 7 versus Montreal at TD Garden. Seidenberg, sidelined since Dec. 27 with a torn ACL, has made remarkable strides to get back in playing shape — on Wednesday, he participated in contact drills for the second day in a row — and, as such, head coach Claude Julien was asked about the German rearguard’s chances to play this evening.


When asked if Seidenberg had any chance of playing on Wednesday night in the do-or-die Game 7 against the Habs, Julien gave a long pause before giving the answer everyone expected.

“Ah, I don’t think so,” said Julien. “I’d be very surprised.”

The question also becomes how much of an upgrade a rusty Seidenberg, who hasn’t played in four months, is over Matt Bartkowski or Dougie Hamilton in the thick of playoff battle.

Clearly there’s a very low percentage chance that the Bruins will surprise us all by inserting Seidenberg back into the lineup for Game 7. The more likely scenario is that he gets practices under his belt before returning sometime in the conference finals, or Stanley Cup Final, should be the Bruins advance.

Seidenberg, who averaged nearly 26 minutes per game en route to last year’s Stanley Cup Final, said that week he “could probably play right now” prior to Game 4 in Montreal.

  1. bruinsin7 - May 14, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    No way he would play over Dougie. He’s been outstanding these playoffs

    • pepper2011 - May 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Agree. I don’t think he cracks in over Bart either. Seems like Miller’s replacement. They are pretty similar in style. Miller has been better overall though so…

  2. sixchr - May 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Claude’s lengthy pause before saying “uh.. I don’t think so” tells me they’re on the fence about it. I’d be willing to bet Seidenberg is pushing for it and they haven’t decided yet. If Seidenberg feels he’s ready to go, now that he’s medically cleared, I want him in over Bartkowski. Seidenberg playing is the only thing that will make me feel good about this game tonight, I’ve just had this bad feeling since the series started. But hey, this is what we sign up for right?

    • rogersjd16 - May 14, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      Exactly. That CSNNE would lump Dougie and Bartowski together is criminally unfair to Dougie. This has been his breakout party and evidence as to why he was a 1st rounder (and playing this quickly with the senior club).

      Myself or my sister could be a better option than Bartowski. He is just brutally slow in his decision making with the puck along the boards and in the corners, and of course the amount of penalties he’s taken speaks for itself. I like the kid and believe he’s a future Top 6 defenseman, but right now he is nothing but a liability.

      Normally I’d say his offensive ability is worth the risk, but he’s not jumping into offensive zone play or using his speed at all. Just seems like his confidence is shot.

      Of course, the alternative is Mezaros…much heavier player but a statue with the puck. Injuries showing their effect right now.

  3. titansbro - May 14, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    No chance he plays & I think I would be against it since it’s game 7. Throwing him in over Bart is tempting, but he hasn’t played in like 5-6 months. I don’t doubt he’s in shape, but he WILL be rusty. So I’m not sure I’d take that gamble in game 7. If they win & they want to throw him out there game 1 against NYR, then I say go for it.

    • sixchr - May 14, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      Personally, I feel like you throw everything you have at game 7 including Seidenberg. Is he rusty? Absolutely, but he’s more of a stay at home defenseman which works a little bit in his favor as he’s not flying around everywhere like a forward or someone like Dougie Hamilton or Letang. And if you believe in this kind of stuff, seeing him work his tail off and be back on the ice in a must win situation might light a fire under some guys. Just my 2 cents, I’m all for throwing him in tonight.

      • titansbro - May 14, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Fair enough. Really he can’t be worse than Bartkowski anyway. I’m convinced!

  4. hockeyflow33 - May 14, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Any surprise who wrote this drivel for CSNNE?

    • dewzer - May 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      Hasn’t been a good series for Haggs.At least he didn’t mention 13 year old girls this time. I don’t think Sides plays but there is zero chance he plays over Dougie. You could argue that he has been the best all around defensemen for the Bs all playoffs.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 14, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        A good series??? The guy is a complete moron and knows absolutely nothing about hockey.
        He was fired from Red Sox reporting after making up facts and I can’t believe the same hasn’t happened with the Bruins.

  5. justinhbhb - May 14, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    He is an excellent defensemen. I would think this is more of a sign of a lack of confidence in the organization. Putting in a player who hasn’t played in months against the speed of Montreal who has shown the lack of (current) ability of Miller, Bartkowski and Mezaros. I would think they should keep Bartkowski in and put in Mezaros over Miller. Either way, gonna be a great game. May the classier organization with the fewest number of players with any fines win! Seriously though, good luck Bruin fans!

    • unlimitedcriticism - May 14, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      I think you’re underestimating how good Seidenberg can be, rather than any lack of confidence.

  6. mornelithe - May 14, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    I doubt the B’s want to rush it, though, I suppose if the 3rd period comes around and the B’s are down, having him available can’t hurt…just not sure he’d be playoff ready after such a long absence. I would expect, at the earliest, an appearance around the time of the SCF (if they make it that far), though, that’s still a really short time for an ACL/MCL injury, surgery, rehab, reconditioning, and rebuilding the endurance for gametime physicality.

  7. wishingtonredslur - May 14, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Well, Hamilton was a give away machine last game.

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