The Boston Bruins were thought to be a contender in the Eastern Conference and even though the results have gone their way so far, their latest injury will put their Stanley Cup chances on a steep road.
Per reports, Dennis Seidenberg will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL and MCL in the final minutes of the game against the Ottawa Senators. The injury takes a while to recover, and it automatically signals the end of the veteran defenseman’s season.
Even though the Bruins have several talented players, the team is getting more depleted due to recent injuries on both sides of the puck. The likes of Loui Eriksson, Johnny Boychuk and Daniel Paille have all spent some significant time being sidelined, but the one suffered by the German veteran is the biggest of them all, representing a threat to the team’s chances to make a deep playoff run.
Seidenberg had been used this season as the anchor on the blue line. He was been paired with Zdeno Chara, and the two formed a spectacular shutdown duo that will now be forced to be separated right when they were finding their stride.
The Bruins are likely to contend this season anyway in a weak Eastern Conference, but they can’t be considered as Cup contenders without Seidenberg. His absence will prove to be key, and the team will have to employ a huge effort to replace his production and leadership both on and off the ice.