Dennis Seidenberg is toying with your emotions.
The Bruins defenseman – out since December after undergoing surgery on a torn ACL and MCL – skated with his teammates on Tuesday morning, fueling speculation that he might be able to return when the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens begin their second-round playoff series later this week.
Don’t count on it.
Seidenberg has been skating more frequently in recent weeks, but Tuesday represented the first time he had done so with his teammates. He was paired with Andrej Meszaros during the practice session.
“He’s just skated with us and doing everything that has no contact,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said after practice. “It’s more to get him out of boredom on his own or with just another player. It gives him the opportunity to make some plays and passes with a little bit of traffic around him too. We thought it was a good time for him that he’s strong enough with his skating that he can jump to that level right now.”
While there’s hope for Seidenberg – the Bruins have been extra cautious not to rule him out for the entire playoff season – to return in a later round, that prospect may be more immediate for forward Daniel Paille, who also skated with the team on Tuesday, and could be close to being ready for game action. Paille has been out since earlier this month with what most believe to be a concussion. Julien said after practice that Paille should be ready to go for the Montreal series, which would likely mean Jordan Caron will be a healthy scratch, and the Bruins’ already nasty penalty-kill unit will get one of its most vital members back.