Boston, MA –
After only 17 games with his new squad, Dennis Seidenberg
now must take his place in the B’s press box for the remainder of the season.
The newly acquired defenseman from the Florida Panthers suffered a lacerated tendon in his left forearm during the first period of the Bruins/Maple Leafs game on April 3. After originally being told there was no damage, Seidenberg was re-diagnosed and underwent surgery to repair the injury three days later.
Though the surgery was successful, the recovery process is expected to take at least eight weeks—more than long enough to dash his hopes of finishing out the season.
“Well, it's disappointing, obviously, not being able to play anymore this year and just hearing about what happened,” the 28-year-old German Olympian said. “I went there knowing that something was wrong because it was really painful to go on the ice and passing.
“So, I went there expecting for something to be wrong with it, but not for a tendon to be torn, so it was a little bit surprising. And to have surgery was even more surprising. So it was disappointing and tough to hear.”
Seidenberg is no stranger to injuries. Over his six seasons in the NHL, Seidenberg has suffered a broken leg, major concussions, and several groin, wrist, and ankle injuries.
Not to mention, he leads the League in blocked shots with 215.
His toughness and grit have rightfully earned him the nickname of “Pain Sponge,” coined by NBC’s James O’Brien.
“In the little bit I’ve known him, I think it’s pretty obvious he’s a pretty tough individual,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “So for him not to be able to go, you know that something was obviously wrong. The diagnosis that we got from Toronto was obviously not the diagnosis we got here.
“He’s been good for us this year and another one goes down, but those are things that I guess we can’t control anymore. We have to deal with what we can.”
Though he wasn’t in Boston very long, the addition of Seidenberg on the B’s backend made a noticeable difference on the scoresheet.
Acquired on March 3 and injured exactly one month later, Seidenberg registered two goals, seven assists and a +9 rating over 17 games.
And although his season has ended and he becomes a free agent at the end of this year, Seidenberg isn’t ruling out a possible deal with Boston in the future, a team with whom he’s gotten very comfortable.
“It’s been good. I’ve been playing lots. I can’t ask for more,” he said. “I mean, I enjoy playing here. I think I fit in nicely and hopefully I stay here.
“The last few days we were all about finding out what’s going on with my wrist. So hopefully soon something’s going to start to happen.”