BOSTON – It’s been a month since Dennis Seidenberg publicly checked in for an update on his surgically repaired right knee and things are moving along well for the Bruins' German defenseman.
Seidenberg said he’ll never know exactly when he could have returned had the Bruins advanced past the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the playoffs, but that the forecast is looking great for training camp in September as he continues to rehab every day.
“I was hoping to play at some point, but it wasn’t meant to be," said Seidenberg, who was at MSCPA-Angell in Boston presenting a check for $30,000 raised from proceeds from the Pups and Pucks charity calendar featuring Bruins players and assorted dogs. "We would have had some practices after Round 2, and would have seen how I was doing taking some contact and battling a little harder. There definitely would have been a chance [for a return]. I’m sure for the guys that played [not moving on] was a little bit tougher.
“I was trying to get back into the lineup, and those guys that did play were really disappointed we didn’t make it [past Montreal]. But for the most part guys are recovering from surgery or whatever they had, and enjoying the summer now.”
Those guys include Seidenberg, who said his knee still isn’t 100 percent but will be ready to when the summer ends, eight months after the early January repair of his torn ACL and MCL. He’ll hang around Boston for a few more weeks then head to the Jersey Shore with his wife and daughters while counting down the days until the Bruins are back.