|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.”
|Don Sweeney will continue to monitor trade market following Dennis Seidenberg injury||09.23.15 at 12:17 pm ET|
Shortly after Don Sweeney chose against signing a relatively low-cost veteran defenseman late in the offseason, he said that while he had faith in his young defensemen, he would continue to monitor options to improve the team. That’s GM speak for “maybe I’ll do something, maybe I won’t.”
While Seidenberg’s absence leaves the Bruins without a veteran defenseman (28-year-old Adam McQuaid is now the team’s oldest healthy defenseman not named Zdeno Chara), it does not necessarily make them worse. The Bruins hoped Seidenberg would be better than he was last season, but they didn’t know that.
As such, Sweeney now can potentially let all of Boston’s healthy NHL-caliber defensemen (of which there are eight — Chara, McQuaid, Torey Krug, Zach Trotman, Matt Irwin, Joe Morrow, Kevan Miller and Colin Miller) make the team and let the cream rise to the top. He can also go out and trade for cream (this has gotten confusing), which could potentially leave the Bruins with an even bigger logjam of good-not-great defensemen once Seidenberg returns in two months.
“It’s a void that internally we’re trying to assess,” Sweeney said Wednesday, “and as I’ve always said, I’ll continue to talk to the other teams and people that may or may not be available to see if we need to fill that void.”
Sweeney said that he would potentially swing a deal for a defender. ‘only under the right circumstances.’
“It’s got to be the right fit for us relative to the guys that we have and have been assessing overall,” he said. “We felt that we had very good depth, albeit some of it inexperienced, but now they’re getting an opportunity. Hopefully now they can take advantage of it.”
The last time Dennis Seidenberg got hurt back in December of 2013, the best team in the Eastern Conference had to find someone to inherit Boston’s second-best defenseman’s minutes. This time around, things aren’t so cut and dried.
The Bruins announced Wednesday that Seidenberg, who has not taken the ice at all this training camp, would undergo back surgery Thursday and miss the next eight weeks. His absence for the next two months solves one problem and creates another.
Not having Seidenberg provides some clarity as it relates to the numbers game on Boston’s defense. The problem is that it does so by subtracting one of the only guys with ample experience as one of Claude Julien‘s most trusted defenders.
An issue for the Bruins entering camp is that they had too many defensemen, but not enough top-four blueliners. Though Seidenberg was coming off a bad season, the Dougie Hamilton trade left Zdeno Chara and Seidenberg as the only B’s with extensive top-four experience (Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid have taken on bigger roles at times over the last two seasons, but they’ve generally been reserved for playing against bottom-sixers). That the Bruins will go until Thanksgiving with three of their top-four defensemen treading relatively uncharted waters is concerning, but then again there was no guarantee that Seidenberg would have earned a top role over those guys anyway.
Seidenberg’s injury provides an opportunity for Krug, who will get his wish of being a top-four guy. Because right shot defensemen (of which the B’s have many) can’t play the left side, having a lefty to anchor the second pairing behind Chara is crucial. Seidenberg was a prime candidate if he was healthy and anything resembling his old self.
Now the candidates are Krug, Matt Irwin and Joe Morrow. The guess here is that Krug leads the second pairing with McQuaid on the right, with Irwin playing on the third pairing with either Kevan Miller or Colin Miller. While Colin Miller has more offensive upside than Kevan Miller, the absence left by Seidenberg on the penalty kill (Seidenberg led all Bruins players in shorthanded time on ice last season) could very well require the team to put Kevan Miller in the lineup over Colin Miller.
[An interesting note regarding Boston’s defense: Of the eight remaining healthy blueliners legitimately pushing for jobs — Chara, Krug, Trotman, McQuaid, both Millers, Morrow and Irwin — Colin Miller is the only that would not require waivers to be sent to Providence.]
|Dennis Seidenberg to have surgery on back||at 9:16 am ET|
Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will have surgery on his back and is expected to be out eight weeks, the team announced Wednesday morning.
Seidenberg is scheduled to undergo a lumbar microdiscectomy on Thursday to repair a lumbar spine disc herniation. Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said the 34-year-old defenseman came to team doctors last Monday complaining about nerve aggravation. The team obviously didn’t think the injury was too serious, as Seidenberg took the ice at captains’ practice the next day, though he did not participate when his teammates began scrimmaging.
Sweeney said the B’s recommended rest, but that when the issue did not subside, surgery became the obvious path. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Louis Jenis at Massachusetts General Hospital.
His absence makes it possible that the Bruins may carry eight defensemen to begin the season: Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Zach Trotman, Matt Irwin, Joe Morrow, Colin Miller and Kevan Miller.
|Seth Griffith out 3-4 weeks with sprained MCL||09.21.15 at 1:32 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Monday that right wing Seth Griffith will miss three to four weeks with a sprained MCL in his left knee.
Griffith suffered the injury in Sunday night’s preseason game against the Devils. The 22-year-old faced an uphill climb to make Boston’s roster out of training camp, a scenario now eliminated by the injury.
In 30 games for the Bruins last season, Griffith scored six goals and added four goals for 10 points. He had 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in 39 games for Providence.
Griffith is the second player to be hampered by an injury this fall. Dennis Seidenberg has yet to take the ice during training camp due to an upper-body injury.
|Upper-body injury will keep Dennis Seidenberg off ice for opening days of Bruins training camp||09.17.15 at 2:24 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will not be on the ice for the opening days of training camp, as the 34-year-old is dealing with an upper-body injury suffered in training.
General manager Don Sweeney shared the news on Thursday following the team’s off-ice testing. He noted that Seidenberg is the only player of the team’s 60-man camp roster that is not expected to be ready to go.
“Dennis Seidenberg will not likely skate of the next few days,” he said. “He reported to our trainers on Monday with an upper-body injury from training, and our doctors have chosen to take a conservative approach and re-evaluate day-to-day.”
Seidenberg had been skating with his teammates at informal skates at Ristuccia Arena in recent weeks. He was spotted on the ice briefly on Tuesday, though he did not participate in a scrimmage that took up the vast majority of the session.
Though his 2013-14 season was cut short by a torn ACL, Seidenberg played in all 82 games last season for the Bruins.
|Zdeno Chara returns to Bruins practice, Dougie Hamilton won’t travel||04.07.15 at 11:19 am ET|
WILMINGTON — Zdeno Chara took the ice early and participated in Tuesday’s practice with his teammates. The Bruins captain missed Monday’s skate due to an injury suffered blocking a shot with his left foot/ankle Saturday.
Claude Julien had said after Monday’s practice that Chara’s situation was “day-to-day.” The fact that Chara stayed out for practice and did not appear limited is an encouraging sign.
Dennis Seidenberg was the only player missing from Tuesday’s practice. Julien said Tuesday that Seidenberg was under the weather but would travel with the team for their upcoming three-game road trip. Dougie Hamilton, who skated by himself for the second straight day, will not travel. The possibility always exists that Hamilton could meet the team for one of the final couple games of the regular season if he is ready to return.
Joe Morrow, who was recalled Monday morning on an emergency basis, remains with the team.
The lineup in practice was as follows: