B's absorb blow with Seidenberg ACL/MCL tear

B's absorb blow with Seidenberg ACL/MCL tear
December 28, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Watching and hearing Dennis Seidenberg scream out in pain and then immediately get himself off the ice were pretty alarming signs of a serious knee injury when he left the third period of Friday night’s game with a knee injury.

Unfortunately the worst has been confirmed.  

On Saturday the Bruins learned the news was bad: the steady German defenseman has been lost for the rest of the 2013-14 NHL season with a torn ACL/MCL in his right knee that will require a 6-8 month recovery timetable. The injury will essentially keep him out past the Stanley Cup Final, and is the second serious injury -- along with Loui Eriksson's second concussion -- the Bruins have already sustained just three months into a new season.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Seidenberg was injured with just a few minutes remaining in the third period when Cory Conacher landed on his right leg as the two were battling for a puck behind the Boston net.

The loss creates a giant hole among the B’s defenseman corps with Seidenberg the clear No. 2 defenseman behind Zdeno Chara, and his shutdown partner in the playoffs over the last three years. Seidenberg had a goal and 10 points along with a plus-11 in 34 games for the Bruins this season, and averaged 21:50 of ice time per game this season as one of Boston’s true workhorse blueliners.

He will be missed for his bruising physicality in the defensive end, his tireless effort level on the ice and the underrated first pass abilities he featured out of the D-zone to kick start Boston’s transition game. He wasn’t the slickest or smoothest player on the ice, but Seidenberg was as solid a piece of German machinery as one could hope for as a top-four defenseman.

Unfortunately that German engineering broke down this year after some hard miles over the last five seasons in Boston.
Clearly Dougie Hamilton will be the guy expected to shoulder much of Seidenberg’s responsibility once he returns from his own lower body injury – expected to be next week – but right now the Bruins are in scramble mode. They had already called up David Warsofsky on emergency recall on Saturday morning, and they’ve also recalled Zach Trotman in an emergency recall. The 6-foot-3, 219-pound Trotman was a seventh round pick for the Bruins in the 2010 draft, but has steadily risen up the organizational charts with his ideal size/strength combo and booming point shot.

Trotman has one goal and seven points along with a plus-11 in 22 games for the Providence Bruins, and is a better fit for a potential top-four NHL defenseman role than Kevan Miller would have been for the Black and Gold.

The Bruins have used the rugged, stay-at-home Miller in more in a bottom pairing role at the NHL level, and likely won’t call him up again until something has opened up permanently on the B’s roster for a bottom pair defenseman.

Seidenberg had just signed a four year, $16 million extension that is set to begin next season, and could have been an impending unrestricted free agent in a worst case scenario position had he not signed the deal with the Black and Gold.