WILMINGTON, MA Dennis Seidenberg wasnt back to his normal Herculean workload and didnt get inserted back onto the power play unit, but the German defenseman was happy with the way his lower body issue responded in his return to the lineup on Friday night.
It was okay. It took me a little bit to get my feet underneath me, said Seidenberg. Once I did that I got a little comfortable and felt like always.
Seidenberg skated 27 shifts for 18:14 of ice time and led the Bruins with six registered hits and four blocked shots in a typically gritty performance for the defenseman thats always willing to put his body on the line. The return of Seidenberg also allowed Dougie Hamilton to get the partner back that he began the season with, and with that allow the 19-year-old to return to normalcy.
Now Seidenberg is focusing on the exact same objective as his Bruins teammates: readying for four games in the next six days with their first back-to-back games of the season and a taste of the every other day reality that awaits them starting in the middle of February.
There are going to be games every other day, so we have to be careful to take care of ourselves and stay game ready, said Seidenberg. Youve got to be smart in the way you prepare for games.
Everybody has a lot of energy and jump in these games in a shortened season, so youve got to be pumped up and ready to go.
Seidenberg is third on the Bruins with five blocked shots despite missing two of the four games the team has played in, so its pretty clear just how pumped the impervious blueliner is to be back again at full force.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while knowing that “Saturdays are for the boys” no longer exists once you are married with kids…except during glorious bachelor party weekends, which are few and far between.
*Congrats to Patrick Williams, who was named the Ellery Award winner for his great coverage of all things at the AHL level. Well deserved, Pat!
*A really moving, heartbreaking and also life-affirming tribute from Bobby Ryan to his recently-passed mother after his childhood experience really forged a bond.
*The Tyson Barrie/Colorado Avalanche arbitration case has a chance to get messy, and that may be a very good thing for teams hoping a D-man suddenly becomes available.
*Some great stories about the hockey movies made over the last 30 years including Sudden Death, Mystery Alaska and Slap Shot.
*Kudos to Gabriel Landeskog, who has joined an organization attempting to advise athletes on recovery from concussions after his scary experiences.
*The focus of P.K. Subban’s philanthropy is on the kids, a thing made abundantly clear by his generous pledge to raise $10 million from a Montreal children’s hospital.
*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper over at Yahoo! Sports on Murray Craven as a bit of an “Everything Man” for the new Las Vegas expansion franchise.
*For something completely different: what a great American and Patriot looks like, even if the Republicans and Trump don’t seem to think so.
Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while using “malarkey” in my day-to-day vocabulary as much as possible.
-- Dale Tallon was promoted with the Florida Panthers to accentuate his strengths as a talent evaluator, but maintains that he still has final say on hockey decisions.
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has another young D-man off the board with the Wild’s Matthew Dumba signing a two year, $5.1 million deal with Minnesota.
-- In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my take on the negotiations between Brad Marchand and the Bruins: There’s a couple of good signs at the outset of negotiations.
-- The Arizona Coyotes are stressing the defensive side of things in a big, big way, and it appears to be part of John Chayka’s master plan.
-- Alex Pietrangelo would be a natural selection to replace David Backes as the next captain of the St. Louis Blues.
-- A moving letter from Sens forward Bobby Ryan to his recently passed mother is up at the Players Tribune website.
-- Chris Kreider has re-signed with the New York Rangers, and plans to get out of his head and onto the score sheet more often.
-- For something completely different: Jerod Mayo will bring a new voice to Tom E. Curran’s Quick Slants program on our very own CSN network.