WILMINGTON, MA Dennis Seidenberg made it through Tuesdays full practice with down-low battle drills and plenty of skating, and did so while paired back together with 19-year-old rookie Dougie Hamilton. Those are all signs that the German defenseman is feeling good enough to jump back into the lineup Wednesday night against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
But Claude Julien said that the 31-year-old blueliner is still day-to-day with a lower body injury and the Bruins will make their determination on Wednesday after morning skate in the House that King Henrik Built.
He practiced again today and that gives you can idea that hes pretty close, said Julien, who on Monday said he was "hopeful" that he'd have the defenseman back for the big Eastern Conference tilt in Gotham. Hes still a day-to-day situation.
Seidenberg appeared to injure his leg after colliding with Ryan Callahan in the third period of Saturdays home-opening win over the Blueshirts, but still played a team-high 23:59 of ice time. Seidenberg has also now practiced fully in both days sandwiched around Mondays game against the Jets. If Seidenberg cant go once again on Wednesday, then extra defenseman Aaron Johnson would be back in the lineup after logging 16 plus minutes for Boston on Monday afternoon.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.
*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.
*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.
*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.
*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.
*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.
*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.
*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.