Dennis Seidenberg injury update:
Nearly eight months after injuring his MCL and ACL, Dennis Seidenberg has been working on getting back on the ice when Boston Bruins training camp begins September 18. According to Seidenberg himself, he will indeed be ready to hit the ice with his teammates when camp gets underway.
Seidenberg told the Bruins website, “I think the more I go on [the ice], the more my knee gets used to it, and like always, I never feel good when I start skating every summer, so it will take some time, but once training camp starts, I should be fine.”
The Bruins finished the regular season with a 2.08 goals against average, good for second in the NHL behind only the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Los Angelas Kings. Despite not being affected too badly in the regular season by his injury, the loss of Seidenberg was a tremendous factor in the Bruins only making it to the second round of the playoffs. The young defensemen that filled in nicely for Seidenberg during the regular season seemed, at times, overwhelmed by the bright lights of the playoffs.
Torey Krug and Reilly Smith contracts:
Salary cap restrictions have left the Bruins unable to sign two of their biggest offensive threats last season in Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. There has not been much news on these two players, but it appears the two restricted free agents will be forced to sign one-year contracts for less than they deserve because of their limited NHL experience. Neither Krug or Smith, both 23, can file for arbitration or sign an offer sheet with another NHL team, leaving them to either sign a subpar deal with the Bruins or sit out. Since sitting out is not a realistic option for either player, it is a safe assumption that both players will eventually sign with the team.