It was clear to all last year that the Boston Bruins’ longtime defenseman Dennis Seidenberg struggled immensely to regain the form of old. After a knee injury that sidelined the German for most of the 2013-14 season, Seidenberg appeared slow, off the pace, and simply not good enough throughout last campaign, despite playing in all 82 games.
A disappointing effort last year has resulted in further disappointment this time around, as Seidenberg is set to have surgery on a herniated disc that’s set to keep him out for eight weeks.
Now, I know nobody could have predicted this happening, but it was clear as day that Seidenberg had lost a step last year, and at the age of 33 it’s hard to say whether he’ll ever return to the form of the 2010-2011 cup winning year.
There had been various rumours of a trade at the deadline last year, but to no avail. That, was a huge loss for the Bruins. Even more than losing him to injury.
Seidenberg is broken, and will never be the same again. The Bruins should have traded him and got a relatively decent return whilst they could. Now they have a guy eating up salary to partake in physiotherapy every week.
This may be slightly harsh, and it’s nothing against the player, but the Bruins organisation need to refrain from holding on to ‘longtime’ players that simply aren’t that good anymore. They’re to blame for this.
Despite all that, on a positive note, this gives a number of Bruins prospects the chance at an NHL roster spot. Guys like Joe Morrow, Colin Miller, Zach Trotman and even a veteran like Matt Irwin all have an increased chance at making that opening night roster.