WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said he will have surgery in the next week or two after suffering a torn MCL and ACL in his right knee during the team’s 5-0 win over the Ottawa Senators last Friday at TD Garden.
Even though he suffered the season-ending injury, Seidenberg attended practice Monday morning at Ristuccia Arena and talked about it afterward.
“It’s very disappointing,” Seidenberg said. “It’s tough luck the way it happened. But in the end there’s nothing I can do. It’s all about getting it fixed now and preparing for next season.”
Seidenberg will meet with team doctor Peter Asnis on Tuesday, and depending how bad the swelling is, the medical staff will have a better understanding when to schedule the surgery.
Seidenberg suffered the injury late in the third period when he was tangled up behind the Boston net with the Senators' Cory Conacher. After the collision, Seidenberg remained on the ice for a moment, grabbing his right knee before skating off on his own.
Seidenberg has dealt with MCL injuries in the past, but he knew right away that this time was a different situation.
“I kind of knew it was different. I didn’t know what it was but I felt a click, so we tested it out in the locker room and kind of knew what it was but didn’t know until the MRI the next day. It was pretty painful, but right now it doesn’t feel bad at all.”
Former Bruins teammate and fellow German Marco Sturm suffered a similar injury during his career in Boston and he called Seidenberg on Sunday to offer some advice.
“He talked to me about it and said he feels great right now,” Seidenberg said. “He said he would have done it again, because there’s always options of not getting the surgery done. He wished me the best of luck and it was nice talking to him.”