Seidenberg Talks About Injury and Playoff Misfortune


Dec 23, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (44) handles the puck against the Nashville Predators during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. The Bruins beat the Predators 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Seidenberg Reflects on 2013-14 End

In December 2013, adversity struck Boston Bruins reliable defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, as he was sidelined a season-ending knee injury–a torn MCL/ACL combo that holds a healing period of 6-8 months.

The year progressed, and so did Seidenberg. At one point, it seemed that Seidenberg was poised to make a return to gameday ice during the playoffs. He began to skate and take part in Bruins’ practices again. Had Boston advanced deep into the postseason, who knows whether or not the 32-year-old German would play. Even if he wasn’t 100 percent on the recovery, he could find himself in a important game, assuming he could move well enough to positively impact the B’s performance.

Nonetheless, safety and patience was the best option for the defenseman’s future, and he’s definitely accepted this fact as of late.

“I was hoping to play at some point, but it wasn’t meant to be,” said Seidenberg at a charity in Boston, per “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.”

It obviously wasn’t easy for Seidenberg to sit back and watch his team collapse against Montreal. But hey, there’s always next season, and for now, the name of the game is rest and recuperation.

“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.”