Big Bad Blog
WEEI.com Blog Network
Posts related to ‘Dennis Seidenberg’
Dennis Seidenberg on playing Game 4: ‘There’s a chance for sure’ 05.22.13 at 4:07 pm ET
By   |  6 Comments

Dennis Seidenberg skates Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

NEW YORK — Dennis Seidenberg hasn’t played in a game since skating his first two shifts in Game 7 against Toronto on May 13, when he suffered a lower body injury.

“There’s a chance for sure,” Seidenberg said after skating for about 40 minutes during an lightly attended skate Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. “But again you don’t want to come back too early so I think we’ll see how it feels [Thursday] and go from there.”

How did he feel?

“Better again,” he said. “Today I went a little harder in practice and felt OK. But again, it’s still day-to-day, see how it feels tomorrow and go from there.”

Considering the Bruins are up 3-0 and all three rookie defensemen – Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski – are handling themselves well, there’s no sense in rushing back until he’s 100 percent, or close to it.

“It’s a little bit more comforting but at the end, you want to be back as quick as possible,” Seidenberg said. “Watching games is always the toughest part, and not being part of it. You definitely want to be back in there as soon as possible. You also want to be smart about it.

“For the team, it’s great. To see them perform the way they have, being poised with the puck, playing strong defensively is definitely something nice to have that depth coming from Providence. It’s nice to see. Everybody knew they knew how to play hockey and they were really good players in the minors. To have them come up and play with poise, playing confident hockey and just contributing offensively as well as defensively is definitely nice to see.”

Seidenberg missed time during the 2010 playoffs when he suffered a freak injury to his wrist, and had to watch as the Bruins blew a 3-0 lead to the Flyers.

“It’s always the same,” he said. “You don’t like sitting out. We talked about it a couple of years ago. It’s not fun watching games. I definitely want to be back in there and help.”

Seidenberg and Wade Redden were both on the ice Wednesday while Andrew Ference was not. Coach Claude Julien says Seidenberg and Redden are both getting closer and closer to returning.

“Every day they’re better,” Julien said. “That’s progress. To me, it goes down to making that decision when the time comes and that decision will be made tomorrow. I like the direction both of those guys are going in right now so we’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

Read More: Boston Bruins, Dennis Seidenberg, New York Rangers, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Dennis Seidenberg still not ready, unsure of status 05.21.13 at 12:53 pm ET
By   |  4 Comments

Dennis Seidenberg skated for nearly an hour Tuesday. (WEEI.com)

NEW YORK — Speaking for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury on his first shift in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Maple Leafs, Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg said he is feeling better but still isn’t ready for game action.

“It’s tough to say how it comes along,” Seidenberg said after skating for nearly an hour throughout an optional morning skate and afterward. “I mean, today it felt pretty good. Better than the last couple of days, so it’s definitely a step forward. It’s tough to say [when I'll] return.”

Seidenberg, who played two shifts in Game 7 against the Leafs, suffered the injury by landing awkwardly on an early play. After taking a second shift that lasted only six seconds, Seidenberg did not return to the game and has not played since. He remained on the bench, often standing up and sitting back down “to see if pain goes away and maybe somehow it recovers, but it never did.”

“You don’t want to just give up right away,” Seidenberg said, “even though it looked like [I was done].”

Claude Julien said he would be surprised if Seidenberg was able to take warmups Tuesday. Asked if he thought he could potentially be in the mix in Thursday’s Game 4, Seidenberg shrugged and seemed unsure. He certainly didn’t give off the impression of someone who thought his return was imminent.

“I don’t know,” he said. “We’ll see how it goes in practice tomorrow and make the decision [afterward] I guess, but right now it’s still open.

“It’s up to me the way I feel and when I’m ready to go,” he added. “The doctors, they just look at it and say whether they agree or not, but at the end of the day it’s whether I can perform and help the team or not.”

Seidenberg is regularly in the Bruins’ top two in time on ice and plays a major role as the right defenseman on Boston’s top pairing. It could be argued that he was Boston’s best player last postseason against the Capitals, so missing time has been hard for the veteran, who missed the 2010 postseason with a lacerated tendon.

“It’s really nerve-wracking,” he said. “Watching games is tough. It doesn’t matter who it is, watching games is never fun. You always want to be part of it and help the team win. It’s something that I don’t enjoy, obviously.”

The silver lining for the Bruins is that young defensemen have stepped up with the injuries to Seideneberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden.

“They’ve been real impressive,” Seidenberg said. “They’ve been really poised with the puck. That’s what they’ve been doing all season in Providence, I guess. I haven’t seen them, but that’s what I’ve heard. It’s really nice to have that backup and young guys to step in and stay calm and perform the way they have. It’s comforting.”

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

Read More: Dennis Seidenberg,
Barry Pederson on D&C: Rangers’ shot-blocking style causing problems for Henrik Lundqvist 05.20.13 at 9:45 am ET
By   |  6 Comments

Bruins defensemen Torey Krug (left) and Adam McQuaid battle Rangers forward Brian Boyle during Sunday's game at TD Garden. (AP)

NESN Bruins analyst Barry Pederson joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to discuss the Bruins’ strong start to their series against the Rangers. Boston holds a 2-0 series lead following Sunday’s 5-2 victory.

The Bruins have been rejuvenated by the play of young defensemen Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton.

“I think right now they’re showing some signs of [being a better team with the rookies], just because of the element that these three young kids have brought, which is mobility, speed, I think right now playing with a lack of fear, a lot of confidence,” Pederson said. “But you can really see it, to me, from their offensive side. What I mean by that, a lot of times throughout the year when the offense has been struggling, everybody always points at the forwards. And vice versa, when the defensive game is struggling, everybody always point to the defense. I’ve always been a firm believer that your defense creates your offense, and your forwards create your defense.

“So, these guys are doing a really good job, to me, by jumping into plays, recognizing when there are outnumbered opportunities to make it a three-on-two, a four-on-three. Hamilton did a good job of that yesterday as well as Bartkowski and Krug. For now they’re doing I think a really good job of creating some offense and … they are bringing a little bit of speed and mobility that maybe the Bruins have not had back there in a while.”

With the strong play by the rookies, it’s led to a discussion about what coach Claude Julien will do if and when injured veterans Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden are ready to return. Pederson said he does not anticipate a problem in the locker room.

“The guys recognize what this is all about, is trying to win hockey games,” he said. “It’s one of those problems that you love to have. … You can never have enough good, young defensemen, because they’re first of all hard to come by. And it’s a situation where these guys right now are playing this way. We’ll see how things go when you go into a more hostile environment in New York.”

Added Pederson: “I think if I had to look at how I would rank them, the rookies being taken out, starting with the first guy, I would probably take a look at Hamilton, it would probably go Krug, and then last would be Bartkowski to be removed from the lineup when and if they came back.

“If Redden was the first guy back, I’m not so sure if I would make a move quite yet. These guys have, I think, kind of earned an opportunity to continue. If it was Dennis Seidenberg who was healthy, there’s no doubt that he’s coming back immediately. I just don’t get a sense with Ference that he’s even that close, but again we don’t know anything about the injuries, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Adam McQuaid, Barry Pederson, Dennis Seidenberg, Henrik Lundqvist
Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, Wade Redden out for Game 2 05.19.13 at 2:07 pm ET
By   |  4 Comments

Both Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden skated on Sunday, but both are out of the lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Rangers, Bruins coach Claude Julien said prior to the game.

Andrew Ference will also miss the game and has yet to skate since missing Game 6 against the Maple Leafs. With the trio of injured defensemen out, rookies Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug will be in the lineup again.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

Read More: Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden,
Dennis Seidenberg skates, won’t return for Game 2 05.18.13 at 4:00 pm ET
By   |  2 Comments

The Bruins got a couple of positive signs regarding their injured defensemen Saturday, with Dennis Seidenberg skating prior to practice and Wade Redden returning to practice.

Following the skate, Claude Julien told reporters that Seidenberg will not play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Rangers, while Redden will be a game-time decision. Ference has yet to skate since missing Game 6 of the first round against the Maple Leafs.

Though the Bruins struggled at points without the defensemen, they have won both games played without all three, as Seidenberg left after two minutes of Game 7 against Toronto and all three players sat out for Game 1 against the Rangers.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

Read More: Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden,
Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, Wade Redden out Game 1 vs. Rangers 05.16.13 at 7:09 pm ET
By   |  7 Comments

Dennis Seidenberg

Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden were all absent for the Bruins’ warmup Thursday night, meaning all three are out for Game 1 against the Rangers.

The trio of injured blueliners will be replaced by rookies Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug. Bartkowski and Hamilton played two games against the Maple Leafs in the first round, while this will be the first NHL playoff game and fourth game of Krug’s NHL career.

The Bruins lineup in warmups is as follows:

Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley – Chris Kelly – Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara – Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski – Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug – Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

Read More: Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden,
Claude Julien: Brad Marchand fine, injured D trio ‘doesn’t look good’ at 11:57 am ET
By   |  3 Comments

Brad Marchand

Following the Bruins’ morning skate, coach Claude Julien said that Brad Marchand will be “there” for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Rangers after leaving the skate early with an apparent injury.

Marchand walked through the B’s dressing room following morning skate and seemed to be in good spirits. He was not limping or noticeably encumbered, though he declined to talk to the media.

“He’ll be fine,” Julien said of Marchand. “He’ll be there tonight.”

Though Marchand did appear to be fine when walking through the room, Carl Soderberg might be the more likely candidate to play in his place than Kaspars Daugavins if Marchand is unable to go. Though Daugavins played in Game 1 of the first round and said he is ready to make a return to the lineup, he stayed out on the ice with the healthy scratches while Soderberg left with the players who figure to be in the lineup.

“First thing that comes to your mind is it sucks when somebody get hurts, first of all,” Daugavins said. “Especially a guy like Marchy who is one of our better players on the team. You know it’s not good for us. Even when you want to play, you don’t want to see your best player go down. It’s tough, but whatever happens happens and you have to be ready just in case they tell you you’re playing. I’m ready. I’m waiting for my chance, and if I go in I’ll do my best.”

As for the trio of injured defensemen, Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden and Andrew Ference (none of whom were there for the morning skate), Julien offered no update but said, “Doesn’t look good.”

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

Read More: Brad Marchand, Claude Julien, Dennis Seidenberg,
Bruins Box Score
Bruins Schedule
Bruins Headlines
NHL Headlines