Though it’s not believed to be serious, an infection will keep Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg out of the lineup Thursday when the Bruins host the Washington Capitals.
The infection stems from a cut Seidenberg suffered after getting sliced by a skate against Los Angeles on Saturday. He played through the pain on Sunday against Anaheim but once the cut became infected, the team’s medical staff decided to hold him out for precautionary measures.
“A little infection is gotten in there now. He’s on antibiotics, so just to play it safe we’re going to keep him out,” head coach Claude Julien said. “It’s just day-to-day. It’s not long term. We’re just taking care of that. We’ll keep him out tonight and hopefully have him back in the next game.”
Joe Corvo, a healthy scratch for the last six games, will replace Seidenberg in the lineup.
This is the second time in the last three years Seidenberg has suffered ill-effects from a skate cut. He underwent forearm surgery in Apr. 2010 after suffering a lacerated tendon in Toronto, missing the rest of the regular season and all of the playoffs.
Scottie Upshall has parlayed his training camp tryout into a contract with St. Louis.
On Monday, the Blues agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the veteran forward, worth $700,000 at the NHL level. The deal comes after Upshall spent all of training camp and the preseason impressing the Blues his speed and skating ability, no small feat for a 31-year-old veteran with over 500 NHL games on his odometer.
But where Upshall fits in the Blues lineup — and within the organization — remains to be seen.
The club has plenty of depth up front and Upshall isn’t coming off a terrific campaign, having scored just eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with Florida last season. That said, he showed enough to be just one of a handful of veterans on PTOs to score a contract.
Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.
Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.
Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.
“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”