Dennis Seidenberg could be back as early as Thursday night for the Bruins.
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Although the Bruins got some bad news Wednesday when they found out David Pastrnak indeed has a broken foot, the team also got some good news out of Dennis Seidenberg, who has missed the entire year thus far due to preseason back surgery.
Seidenberg is participating in contact and battle drills during practices and will be a game-time decision for the team Thursday night.
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The defenseman told reporters Wednesday that his back is fine and he has no lasting pain. The only issue, he said, is building his lower-body strength back up.
“The physical part is not the thing I have to worry about,” Seidenberg told reporters. “It’s all about the lower leg and the strength and being able to sustain whatever challenge I have out there. That’s the main thing I have to look at.”
Although the Bruins will certainly welcome Seidenberg back with open arms, it could take him some time to get back into the rhythm of the NHL. The 34-year-old struggled last season to get back to his game after missing much of 2013-14 with a torn ACL, so a slow start to the 2015-16 campaign would not be surprising.