Dennis Seidenberg says he 'could probably play right now'

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Dennis Seidenberg played 34 games this season. (Getty Images)
Dennis Seidenberg played 34 games this season. (Getty Images)

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Dennis Seidenberg doesn't sound like a player whose season is finished.

The Boston Bruins defensive stalwart was believed to be done for the year when he had surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL in January. Even when he started to skate with the team, the Bruins exercised caution and that he wasn't near a return.

That was then. Now? Well Seidenberg himself doesn't seem to think he's that far away as he told Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe:

"Yes, I'm feeling better," the broad-shouldered defenseman said late Tuesday, following the Bruins' 4-2 loss to the Canadiens. "I could probably play right now."

Before getting too excited, Bruins fans, keep in mind that just because he thinks he could doesn't mean he will. The Bruins would no doubt love to have Seidenberg at full strength but the question is if he'd be full strength.

More importantly would be the worry of any potential setback or re-injury. They still have gotten by without Seidenberg on the blue line for much of the season, relying on their younger players who are presumably the future of the corps.

Considering the typical timeline for a return from such an injury is 6-8 months, it would still seem like a longshot that Seidenberg could return this season but if he's feeling good, he's probably closer than would otherwise have been expected.

Seidenberg had a goal and nine assists this season in 34 games before the injury. More of a defensive defenseman, he is a huge part of their penalty-killing unit.

 
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