Dennis Seidenberg was once the new guy in the Bruins dressing room. It seems like a long time ago now because he’s been to a pair of Cup Finals with the Black and Gold, and has become one-half of the Seidenberg/Chara shutdown pair employed by coach Claude Julien in the playoffs.
But Seidenberg had only been a Bruin for a matter of months when he injured himself against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and had to watch the entire B’s playoff run after lacerating a tendon in his left forearm. That was in 2010 when the B’s memorably collapsed against the Philadelphia Flyers from a 3-0 lead in the series, and might have enjoyed a different fate had the German defenseman been healthy.
So needless to say it was a bit more stressful for the affable, easygoing Seidenberg to jump onto the Bruins train after an NHL trade deadline deal, and then helplessly watch the postseason. But he still remembers the kind of feelings Loui Eriksson, Jarome Iginla and a couple of lucky youngsters will be going through when they crack the final Boston roster in October.
“It’s a good thing we have a full training camp this year, so we can get adjusted, get used to each other and go through a good season,” said Seidenberg. “For me it was the same case when I came in. I felt right at home the first day I stepped into the locker room, and I hope we make them feel the same way.
“This is a great atmosphere to play, and we’re all just lucky to be here in it.”
The new guys can only hope they have as much good fortune as Seidenberg has enjoyed in the three plus seasons since joining the Black and Gold as he enters the final year of his contract with Boston.