When Dennis Seidenberg went down with an ACL and MCL injury in late December, the Bruins thought they had lost one of their most reliable defenseman for the remainder of this season. They may have been wrong.
It is no secret that the Bruins are one of the best teams in the league with the way they have been playing lately, winning their last 12 games, but it hasn’t been this smooth all year. The loss of Seidenberg initially hurt the team substantially as they went 8-5 in the month of January. That is not an awful month for most teams, but the Bruins are held to a much higher standard and have lived up to it of late. The biggest problem during the Bruins’ struggles this season has been a lack of experience and physicality on the defense. They addressed this problem a little by acquiring Andrej Meszaros from the Flyers at the trade deadline. Whether it was the addition of Meszaros or the maturation of the young defensemen, something has clicked during the Bruins’ hot streak.
Even though the Bruins’ level of play has been through the roof lately, they still miss the presence and experience of Seidenberg on the defensive end. Rumors started circulating this weekend that Seidenberg may be healthy enough to come back some time during the playoffs. When asked about the possible return, coach Claude Julien said, “It’s still up in the air.”
Even though nobody from the Bruins is denying the possibility of a Seidenberg return, I wouldn’t count on it. The timetable for Seidenberg’s recovery is 6 to 8 months, but you don’t want to rush the process and risk further injury. “It’s really unfair to start speculating that. It’s unfair to the player,” said Bruins president Cam Neely on the Felger and Massaroti show.
Whether or not Seidenberg comes back, this Bruins team has shown that they are one of, if not the best team in the NHL. They have shown great resiliency after losing one of their leaders and show no signs of slowing down.