Last Friday, the Boston Bruins suffered another setback in their 5-0 blowout win against the Ottawa Senators when they lost first line defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. Seidenberg tore his ACL and MCL and told reporters on Monday that he will have surgery in the next week or two.
Seidenberg, who was present in practice Monday, told reporters that he will get looked at on Tuesday to determine how much the swelling has gone down since the injury. By determining where the swelling is, they can have a better understanding of when to schedule his surgery because you can’t perform surgery with a ton of swelling around the ligament.
In talking to reporters after practice Seidenberg said: “It’s very disappointing. It’s tough luck the way it happened. But in the end there’s nothing I can do. It’s all about getting it fixed now and preparing for next season.”
Seidenberg suffered the injury late in the third period where he got tangled up behind the net and soon was on the ice and not getting up. After a few moments, Seidenberg skated off on his own power giving hope to the Boston Bruins that he may return sooner than later, but it’s not the case.
Having had MCL issues in the past, Seidenberg knew the feeling and he knew this one was different than his previous injury:
“I kind of knew it was different. I didn’t know what it was but I felt a click, so we tested it out in the locker room and kind of knew what it was but didn’t know until the MRI the next day. It was pretty painful, but right now it doesn’t feel bad at all.”
It will be a long road for Seidenberg, as typical recovery time is just about a year, but most athletes come back and are just as effective as before the injury. Seidenberg is 32 years old now and was recently extended with the Bruins until the 2017-2018 season.