They don't call him the German Hammer for nothing. After tearing his ACL and MCL in his right knee back in late December, Dennis Seidenberg has once again returned to the ice at TD Garden, for practice that is, after exactly 4 months of rehab.
For the first time since being injured, Seideneberg participated in the Bruins practice, and according to NESN's Mike Cole, he looked pretty good. Seids participated in most of the Bruins practice alongside Andrew Meszaros, with the exception of 3 on 3 drills.
“He’s just skated with us and doing everything that has no contact,” said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, following practice. “It’s more to get him out of boredom (of skating) 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.”
The fact that the Bruins haven't ruled out a return for Dennis Seidenberg this post-season is encouraging, especially considering he's back on the ice with the team. That being said, he's also got quite a bit of time to go before he can return to full-speed hockey action.
Meanwhile, a little farther up the ice, Merlot-liner Daniel Paille returned to full-contact action for the first time since sustaining a presumed concussion back on April 12th. He practiced on Tuesday alongside Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith, in the place of Brad Marchand, who didn't practice.
Paille's excellent penalty-killing abilities could be of great use against the upcoming Canadiens team, alongside his high-paced, physical playing style. Paille and the Bruins spoke to the media following practice on Tuesday:
The Bruins are set to return to action later this week, possibly over the weekend, when they take on the Montreal Canadiens in what promises to be another classic playoff series.