Dennis Seidenberg tore his ACL and MCL. Seidenberg is out for the season. Surprise, surprise, the Boston Bruins’ have another injury to manage through. You could look at this two ways. If you’re a “glass half empty” kind of person, well then you may very well think the Bruins are screwed. They just lost one of their most consistent defenseman for the season. Seidenberg has been a top-four defenseman for the Bruins. He even signed a contract extension proving to Bruins’ fans just how important he is. If you look at the glass half full, then you would know that the Bruin’s have a plethora of young defenseman that can replace Seidenberg. It is tough to replace a top four defenseman but the Bruin’s have been rotating defenseman in and out of the line up since the beginning of the season.
Adam McQuaid, Dougie Hamilton and Johnny Boychuk have all missed time at some point this season. The Bruins have relied heavily on Torey Krug. Krug can absolutely be a top-four defenseman in this league. The Bruin’s have allowed Krug to play his style of hockey. Krug may need to focus a little more on defense but he is absolutely a suitable replacement for Seidenberg.
The Bruins have also been able to play guys like Kevan Miller and David Warsofsky. They have not stood out to fans by any means, but that is a good thing. If you have young defensman and you don’t realize they are on the ice it means they are doing something right. This is the perfect opportunity for these guys to fit into the Bruin’s system and prove that they belong in the NHL. Worst-case scenario? The Bruins trade one of these guys at the deadline for a veteran like Seidenberg.