|Dennis Seidenberg still not sure how injury occurred||09.28.15 at 11:56 am ET|
Coming off last week’s surgery to repair a herniated disc, Dennis Seidenberg is walking around just fine. He is far from playing hockey, however.
Speaking to the media for the first time since having a 45-minute procedure Thursday, Seidenberg said on Monday that he has to wait two weeks for his incision to heal before meeting with a doctor. In the meantime, he won’t do anything but go for walks.
The Bruins said upon announcing Seidenberg’s surgery and eight-week absence that the player suffered a back injury while working out. Seidenberg’s version of the story disagrees with the Bruins’ message, as he stressed Monday that he does not know what caused it.
“I wish [I knew],” he said. “Usually when something like this happens, you’re like, ‘Oh my god,’ doing a movement or exercising somehow, but I woke up that morning — that was, I think, Monday [Sept. 14] — just feeling that nerve pain.
“I had a feeling in the back of my leg, and then eventually shooting down my calf. I notified the staff. I went to see a doctor and got an MRI first that showed nerves being pinched – L5-S1.
“From then on, the doctor said, ‘OK. We’re going to wait a week and see if it goes away by itself.’ Sometimes that happens with an extruded disc. It didn’t, so we went on to do the surgery.”
Seidenberg added that he felt more discomfort than pain.
“I didn’t have any pain,” he said. “I just had — not a numbness, but my calf wasn’t firing. I couldn’t push off. After surgery, I was walking the same day.”
The 34-year-old’s injury (and subsequent procedure) is similar to what Chris Kelly had at the end of the 2013-14 regular season. Seidenberg noted that his recovery is expected to be cleaner than Kelly’s was because he had his surgery earlier, thus avoiding atrophy. Kelly didn’t have surgery until six weeks after his injury, while Seidenberg got his done after two and a half weeks.
“We kind of nipped it in the bud pretty quickly,” Seidenberg said. “Hopefully that helps in the recovery.”
Seidenberg lamented the timing of his injury, as he was hoping to solidify a defense that needs steady top-four defensemen badly. He hopes he can still do that when he eventually returns.
“Eight weeks is still pretty long,” he said. “Missing any time is not good, but it’s the start of the season. Hopefully I’ll get to play a good amount of games and be good.”
|Zdeno Chara progressing, skates prior to Bruins practice||09.28.15 at 9:57 am ET|
Chara, who left Thursday night’s preseason game with an upper-body injury after three shifts, was given the weekend off by the Bruins. Claude Julien said Saturday that the team’s plan was to re-evaluate him on Monday. According to Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald, Chara skated for over half an hour.
Julien said that Chara will not play in Monday night’s preseason game against the Red Wings, but that the team is encouraged by his progress.
“We’ve kept it day-to-day because he’s progressing,” Julien said. “Obviously [he won’t play] tonight. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes here. Like anything else, we’re going to be more cautious than anything.”
The fact that Chara is skating now is reason to believe his injury isn’t serious to keep him out of regular-season action, though his status will obviously be monitored going forward.
|Bruins roster projection: Which forward is odd man out?||09.27.15 at 11:19 pm ET|
With another round of cuts in the books, here’s a (still somewhat early) roster projection for the Bruins:
Forwards (13): Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Ryan Spooner, Chris Kelly, Brad Marchand, Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes, Zac Rinaldo, Loui Eriksson, David Pastrnak, Brett Connolly, Max Talbot, Joonas Kemppainen
Boston’s top nine forwards (in no particular order/alignment) are already locked in. It’s the fourth line and 13th forward where things get tricky.
A line of Chris Kelly between Zac Rinaldo and Max Talbot could potentially be infuriating to play against (Kelly gets under his opponents’ skin enough to draw a good number of undisciplined penalties, Talbot is a pest and Rinaldo is Rinaldo), but it would lack skill. The B’s could try Alexander Khokhlachev on the fourth line to remedy that, but that likely wouldn’t happen unless the B’s were to trade Kelly, who is due $3 million against the cap.
Given what a tough time veteran forwards had finding jobs this summer, the guess is the Bruins would have difficulty trading the 34-year-old center this time of year even if they wanted to.
As such, assume for now that Kelly isn’t going anywhere and that Khokhlachev is the odd man out. Kelly and Talbot provide upgrades over Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille, so the B’s should hope to ice a better fourth line than they had last season.
Pushing for a job, however, is Kemppainen, a defensive forward who comes to the NHL as a 27-year-old after playing his entire professional career in Finland. To this point, Kemppainen has been put on lines this preseason with Rinaldo and Talbot more than Kelly has. That could simply be because the Bruins feel they already know what they have in Kelly, though giving him some reps with Rinaldo couldn’t hurt.
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|Bruins send Malcolm Subban, Zane McIntyre to Providence, return early draft picks to junior clubs||09.27.15 at 3:15 pm ET|
The Bruins have made another round of cuts, most notably sending goaltenders Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban to Providence.
Also sent to Providence were Noel Acciari, Chris Breen, Anthony Camara, Brandon DeFazio, Justin Hickman, Zane McIntyre and Ben Sexton. The B’s sent first-round picks Jakub Zboril (Saint John of the QMJHL) and Jake DeBrusk (Swift Current of the WHL), as well as second-rounder (Tri-City of the WHL) back to their junior teams. Fifteenth overall pick Zach Senyshyn was sent back to his OHL club (Sault Ste. Marie) earlier in the week.
Free agent defenseman Ben Youds was released from camp and will attend Providence’s training camp.
Though McIntyre and Subban could still be brought back up (a la Ryan Spooner last training camp), it would appear that Jeremy Smith and Jonas Gustavsson are now the finalists to be Tuukka Rask‘s backup.
|Zdeno Chara (upper-body injury) given weekend off by Bruins||09.26.15 at 10:35 am ET|
WILMINGTON — Zdeno Chara was kept off the ice for the second straight day as the Bruins held practice at Ristuccia Arena ahead of Saturday night’s preseason game against the Red Wings. Claude Julien said following the team’s first session that Chara, who left Thursday’s preseason game with an upper-body after three shifts, has been given the weekend off.
“He’ll be re-evaluated on Monday,” Julien said. “Things continue to at least stay positive in our minds.”
The first of the two groups will play Saturday night in Detroit. Its lineup looked as such:
|Bruins sign Brandon Carlo to entry level contract||09.25.15 at 4:29 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Friday that they have signed defenseman Brandon Carlo to his entry-level contract.
Carlo, a 6-foot-5 right shot defenseman whom the B’s drafted with the 37th overall pick in June’s draft, is expected to be sent back to the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League. He is the second member of the Bruins’ 2015 draft class to sign their entry-level contract, as 13th overall pick Jakub Zboril signed in July.
Carlo scored a goal in Thursday’s preseason game against the Rangers, the second exhibition in which he has played. Because he is under 20 and plays in a CHL league, Carlo would not be eligible to play in the AHL this season. Should they elect to, the Bruins technically elect to play Carlo for nine NHL games before either burning the first year off his contract or returning him to junior. That seems extremely unlikely, however, as Boston’s injuries on the blue line, the B’s have a good number of right-shot NHL defensemen in Adam McQuaid, Zach Trotman Kevan Miller and Colin Miller.
|Zdeno Chara day-to-day with upper-body injury||09.25.15 at 12:43 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Zdeno Chara is “day-to-day” with an upper-body injury, according to Claude Julien. Chara left Thursday’s preseason game against the Rangers after three shifts, with a check from Ryan Bourque potentially doing the damage.
It’s worth considering that teams use “day-to-day” far more liberally than they should. Dennis Seidenberg, for example, was deemed day-to-day at the beginning of training camp, and though his back issue actually never got worse, the injury required surgery and will keep him out eight weeks.
The Bruins gave the players who played Thursday the day off on Friday. The forward lines in the practice were as follows:
The Bruins used different pairings on defense, but the blueliners to take the ice Friday were Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, Zach Trotman, Jakub Zboril, Ben Youds, Chris Breen, Tommy Cross, Linus Arnesson and Chris Casto.
Tuukka Rask and Malcolm Subban practiced for goalies. Rask has not played in any of Boston’s three preseason games so far.