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Dennis Seidenberg playing it safe with injury 01.24.13 at 1:18 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins stayed off the ice Thursday at Ristuccia Arena, with Dennis Seidenberg not skating as he works his way back from a lower-body injury. It’s common for dinged-up players to go out on their own even when the team isn’t practicing, but Claude Julien insisted that the veteran defenseman was simply getting the day off with the rest of his teammates.

“Seidenberg didn’t skate today because nobody did. Otherwise, he would have been on the ice with everybody else,” Julien said. “Again, he’s been a day-to-day situation. That hasn’t changed. If he’s practicing, you know he’s that close to it. A lot of it at this time of year is about us making the right decision for the long haul vs. the short term.”

Seidenberg, who has missed the last two games with the unspecified injury, told the Boston Herald’s Steve Harris that it is not a groin injury. Asked specifically what the injury was, Seidenberg simply grinned and said, “I think it’s called lower-body, isn’t it?”

The 31-year-old practiced with the B’s on Tuesday after missing Monday’s game, but was once again held out of the lineup in Wednesday’s overtime loss against the Rangers. He said Thursday that the injury isn’t severe and that the team is just playing it safe.

“If it were the playoffs — the games are all big — but if it were the playoffs I probably could play,” he said, “but just looking at the schedule with so many games coming up, you just want to be smart about it and don’t force it.”

Seidenberg said that the injury was suffered in the team’s season-opener against the Rangers, but thathe feels good with another day of rest and that he hopes to play Friday against the Islanders.

Said Seidenberg: “We’ll see tomorrow how it feels in pre-game skate, and after that we’ll make the decision.”

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Dennis Seidenberg out vs. Rangers 01.23.13 at 7:14 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will not play vs. the Rangers Wednesday night, missing his second consecutive game with a lower-body injury.

Seidenberg participated fully in the team’s practice Tuesday, after which Claude Julien said the blueliner was “pretty close” but still day-to-day. Brad Marchand, who missed Tuesday’s practice, was reportedly on the ice for pre-game warmups Wednesday night.

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Dennis Seidenberg ‘pretty close,’ Brad Marchand expected to play vs. Rangers 01.22.13 at 11:51 am ET
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WILMINGTON — With the 0-2-0 Rangers waiting in New York, the Bruins on Tuesday returned to practice in anticipation of a rematch of the season-opener.

Dennis Seidenberg, who missed Monday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Jets with a lower-body injury, skated by himself prior to the session and participated in the full practice. With Seidenberg back at practice, his pairing with Dougie Hamilton was reunited, as was the Zdeno CharaJohnny Boychuk duo. The Andrew FerenceAdam McQuaid pairing remained intact in Monday’s game and Tuesday’s practice.

Brad Marchand was the only absence, with Jay Pandolfo filling in for him on Patrice Bergeron‘s line. Lane MacDermid wore a Merlot jersey as the fourth member of Gregory Campbell‘s line.

Claude Julien said after the practice both Seidenberg and Marchand are day-to-day, though he expects Marchand to play Wednesday vs. the Rangers and said that Seidenberg is “pretty close.”

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Dennis Seidenberg out with lower-body injury 01.21.13 at 12:16 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will not play in Monday’s matinee against the Jets due to a lower-body injury, according to the team. Aaron Johnson is in the lineup in his place. The team said Seidenberg is day-to-day.

Based on pre-game warmups, Dougie Hamilton, Seidenberg’s partner in the season-opener, will skate on a pairing with Zdeno Chara. The other pairings are Andrew FerenceAdam McQuaid and Johnson-Johnny Boychuk.

Claude Julien said prior to Monday’s matinee that it will be Tuukka Rask in net for the B’s. Rask, who inherited the No. 1 netminding job with Tim Thomas taking the year off, made 20 saves on 21 shots in the season-opening win over the Rangers Saturday.

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Claude Julien: Dougie Hamilton-Dennis Seidenberg pairing not ‘carved in stone’ 01.16.13 at 1:46 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton has been paired with Dennis Seidenberg from the start of training camp, and with little time to mix and match in a shortened camp, it would appear that the two will be partners as the season opens this weekend.

Claude Julien did his best to pump the brakes on the buzz the pairing has created, saying Wednesday that while the two are partners for now, there’s still the possibility that Hamilton will play with another B’s blueliner in the coming days or weeks.

“You put those guys with the guys you know you can trust, but this is just a start,” Julien said. “I don’t want anybody thinking that it’s carved in stone that that’s his partner. You’re probably going to see throughout the year pairs moved around a little bit, but certainly he can benefit from the wisdom of those veteran players around him.”

Julien did say that he’s liked the job that Seidenberg, 31, has done helping the 19-year-old along.

“Any time a young player plays with a veteran you can gain a lot, especially if the veteran is a good veteran that will share his experience, his expertise with the player and help calm him down when maybe he gets running around a little bit or he gets uptight, whether it’s on the bench or on the ice. Coaches do a lot, but a teammate with some experience can do a lot as well.”

Though Hamilton and Seidenberg seem to be the pairing for now, it wouldn’t be crazy for the B’s to try to get some games out of the usually reserved-for-playoffs pairing of Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara early on. That would certainly be an easy way to prevent getting off to a slow start in the 48-game season.

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Dennis Seidenberg back from Germany after family-filled lockout 01.08.13 at 2:26 pm ET
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Dennis Seidenberg had a great time reuniting with his brother, Yannick, in Germany during the lockout. He’s just surprised he had to spend so much time there.

“It was nice to play with him for the last three months — longer than I expected — but it was a good time and a good experience being back with him on one team,” Seidenberg said Tuesday after joining a group of his teammates at Agganis Arena. “It was fun.”

Seidenberg, who arrived in Boston on Monday afternoon, played for the Mannheim Eagles of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Seidenberg’s younger brother, Yannick, has played for the Eagles since 2009-10 (all but 67 games of the 28-year-old’s 12-year career has been played in the DEL), while the Bruins’ defenseman spent parts of three seasons playing for the Eagles before coming to the NHL.

In 26 games for the Eagles during the lockout, Seidenberg had two goals and 18 assists for 20 points and a plus-15 rating. He didn’t play the heavy minutes he’s been accustomed to logging for the Bruins — Seidenberg averaged 24:02 of ice time per game last season — but he thinks that will be a good thing when the B’s really need him during the season.

“It started out slow. I wasn’t even on the power play for the first few games,” he said with a laugh before adding, “I’m not saying I’m an offensive player, but they [rotated] through six, seven, sometimes eight guys. It was good. You got your shifts in, you got your ice time, but you never really tired yourself out too much.”

Seidenberg said he was “crazy” as he sat in front of his laptop throughout the lockout awaiting its end. He was in town in November and was hoping he would only have to practice in Germany a couple more times before returning for good. That obviously didn’t happen, but the biggest letdown was when talks blew up between the two sides last month after player/owner-only meetings that had brought about an optimistic vibe.

“Like everyone else, in the middle of December, when they had the stretch of talks, a lot of guys thought to get ready, but that was a false alarm again,” Seidenberg said. “‘€¦ They finally worked it out and I think everyone’s excited.”

Though Yannick was sad to see him go, Dennis is obviously glad to be back in Boston. The 31-year-old didn’t like the lockout, but he’s happy with the experience he got out of it.

“I hadn’t been home [for an extended period] for seven years,” Seidenberg said. “Just being able to enjoy hanging out with people I hadn’t hung out with for a long time and playing for the team I started with was a good time.”

Now his attention is on the upcoming season. Seidenberg is happy he’s in shape, but even happier he’s in Boston and days away from competing in what should be a hectic season.

“I just drove by [TD Garden] this morning and I got a real good feeling in me when I passed the Garden, just imagining going back out on the ice in front of the fans and being able to play here again,” Seidenberg said. “I think everybody feels the same way and is excited to get going.”

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Players more educated, but no more confident after returning from New York 09.14.12 at 2:12 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Two-hundred-eighty-three players left this week’s NHLPA meetings in New York without any promising news about the start of the season, but they came away from the meetings a heck of a lot smarter.

It isn’t exactly easy to understand the nuts and bolts of the league’s labor dispute as the owners and NHLPA try to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement, so players who entered the meetings as confused as the next guy at least left them a bit educated.

“I was taking notes,” Tyler Seguin said on Friday. “Obviously there’s a lot of stuff I’m not going to understand. We do the meetings and obviously I’m not going to get into much detail, but then we split up into our teams and talk about it amongst ourselves and our questions. It was good. I learned a lot. Going into that, I don’t think I knew too much about HRR [hockey-related revenue] or anything like that and all the percentages and statistics, but I know a lot more about it now.”

Dennis Seidenberg said that while the meetings were beneficial given the unity the players showed and the things they learned, he doesn’t see any more reason for optimism now than he did before.

“The feeling is it hasn’t really changed much,” the defenseman said. “We were hoping that going to New York, we’d get some news in a positive way, but the main thing we did was get educated on what’s going on and what our proposal looks like and how we’re going forward from here. Other than that, not much has changed.”

Said Gregory Campbell: “I think it’s important to go to those meetings and definitely get the knowledge on what’s going on. As players, it’s really important to be informed. It’s one thing to hear it on the phone or hear it from somebody else, but to actually go there and really be informed — this is our livelihood, so we really have to make sure that we’re all on the same page.”

The owners are set to lock the players out at midnight on Saturday. A vote led by Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs yielded unanimous agreement for the move on Thursday.

“Going to New York was probably a good idea at this point in time, just because with this date looming, I guess it seems like the inevitable that there will be a lockout,” Campbell said. “We all have to be in the right frame of mind if and when this happens.”

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