Boston Bruins: Dennis Seidenberg Day-To-Day With Injury


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The Boston Bruins have already hit a snag in the road on defense. With training camp underway, one of the Bruins top defenseman, Dennis Seidenberg, has been deemed day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

With Seidenberg limited for at least a few days, it would appear that some of the younger Bruins defensemen will have an opportunity to shine. Players like Joe Morrow and Colin Miller should be looking to make the best of this extra time on the ice to prove that they deserve to be on the roster to start the season. As it stands, it seems like the top-six Bruins defenders (including Seidenberg) will include Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Torey Krug, Zach Trotman, Adam McQuaid and Matt Irwin, with the seventh defender being Kevan Miller. It goes without saying (and the Seidenberg injury this early into training camp makes it ever more apparent) that injuries happen, and backup plans need to be in place. Joe Morrow and Colin Miller need to show now that they have what it takes to step in and grab the reigns from any of the Bruins’ defensemen should an injury occur.

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  • “This message (to the young players in camp) is about opportunity,” General Manager Don Sweeney said. “The expectations are there for guys to step forward and grab a hold of something. You’re not going to be given anything. I’ve said this time and time again: you’re going to (have) a hard time pushing a veteran or established player out of the National Hockey League. Look at the number of players that are accepting tryout agreements across the league. Those guys want a job. As a young player, you have to recognize that, you have to prepare accordingly and go put your best foot forward.” Don Sweeney is a big advocate for developing players and he is familiar with a lot of the Providence talent having just been promoted from Providence to Boston in his new GM role.

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    When discussing Seidenberg’s injury, Sweeney stated:  “The only issue we have, I think, is Dennis Seidenberg will not likely skate for the next few days,” He went on to say, “He reported to our trainers on Monday with an upper body injury from training, and our doctors have chosen to take a conservative approach and re-evaluate day to day.” Sweeney did stop short of saying whether or not Seidenberg would be ready to play in the Bruins season opener. “They’re just going to evaluate it day to day,” Sweeney said. “As I said, right now they’re just being conservative about being so far away from the opener.” Sweeney did go as far as to say this though “We have spots if players will step forward to take them, and if they’re ready for them, to help our team.” That should be encouraging to any player who wants to earn a role in the NHL this season, like Miller and Morrow as mentioned earlier.

    With training camp started and the preseason almost underway, the hockey world is in a buzz. The regular season is inching closer every day, and the Bruins will be looking to field the best possible team come day one.

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