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Dennis Seidenberg to have surgery on right ACL, MCL

Posted by Amalie Benjamin  December 30, 2013 12:52 PM

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WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg addressed the media Monday for the first time since tearing his right ACL and MCL in Friday night's game against Ottawa.

Seidenberg, who will miss the remainder of the season, said he will have surgery on the knee in the next week or two, depending on how long it takes for the swelling to go down. He will see Dr. Peter Asnis Tuesday.

"Very disappointing," Seidenberg said. "It’s tough luck the way it happened, but at the end, there’s nothing I can do. It’s all about getting it fixed now and preparing for next season."

Seidenberg has injured both MCLs before, but said he has never had an ACL injury. He said he knew immediately that it was different, but did not know the extent of the injury.

"It's totally off, so they're going to put a couple stitches in the MCL as well," Seidenberg said. "Sometimes it heals quick, just doesn't get back to where it was tightness-wise. So we're going to make sure it's nice and solid, put some stitches in."

Seidenberg should be back for training camp next season, when his new four-year, $16 million contract kicks in.

"It used to be when you had an ACL, it was career-ending, I guess," he said. "But nowadays I think they know how to take care of it and they say I'm going to be back to normal, hopefully. It just takes a while."

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There were a couple of updates on injured Bruins, with every regular on the ice at some point other than Seidenberg and Chris Kelly.

Loui Eriksson skated before practice with Carl Soderberg, the first time (that we know of) that Eriksson has been on the ice since sustaining a concussion Dec. 7, his second in 45 days. He continues to be day-to-day.

Soderberg will not play against the Islanders tomorrow, which means the Bruins will need to call up someone from Providence to fill his spot.

Zdeno Chara, who missed Saturday's game in Ottawa with an undisclosed injury, skated for about half of Monday's practice with the team, then left the ice. That was scheduled, and not because he sustained an additional injury. There will be a decision on his availability tomorrow.

Dougie Hamilton participated in his first practice since sustaining a lower-body injury Dec. 8. He was limited in some drills, and there is no timetable for his return, but he is making progress.

Kevan Miller was at practice after being called up on an emergency basis. He is likely up for good, as he cannot be sent down without going through waivers after playing in his 10th NHL game.

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