BOSTON -- Dennis Seidenberg took part in the Bruins' optional morning skate today at TD Garden, and continues to make steady progress toward a return. The veteran defenseman took a little bumping during 1-on-1 battles prior to Game 6 earlier this week in Montreal, and participated in some light contact today.
But Seidenberg has yet to skate in a single full practice, with full contact, and Claude Julien isn’t normally one of those coaches to push a player into duty before feeling he’s fully prepared.
So when asked if Seidenberg had any chance of playing on Wednesday night in the do-or-die Game 7 against the Habs, Julien gave a long pause before giving the answer everyone expected.
“Ah, I don’t think so,” said Julien. “I’d be very surprised.”
The question also becomes how much of an upgrade a rusty Seidenberg, who hasn’t played in four months, is over Matt Bartkowski or Dougie Hamilton in the thick of playoff battle.
Clearly there’s a very low percentage chance that the Bruins will surprise us all by inserting Seidenberg back into the lineup for Game 7. The more likely scenario is that he gets practices under his belt before returning sometime in the conference finals, or Stanley Cup Final, should be the Bruins advance.
Seidenberg blew out his right ACL/MCL in the Dec. 27 win over the Ottawa Senators and had surgery to repair the ligaments in early January. He's made a quick and impressive recovery and has been trending toward a late May/early June return.