The preseason continued to be unkind to the Bruins on Wednesday, as the club announced veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg would undergo back surgery, and be sidelined for the next eight weeks.
From the club:
Seidenberg is scheduled to undergo a lumbar microdiscectomy on Thursday, September 24 to repair a lumbar spine disc herniation.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. Louis Jenis at Massachusetts General Hospital. Seidenberg is expected to make a full recovery and will be sidelined approximately eight weeks.
Seidenberg, 34, had missed the start of the training camp with the injury and, as mentioned above, is the second Bruin to go down this preseason; B’s sophomore Seth Griffith, who had 10 points in 30 games as a rookie, suffered an MCL sprain that’ll sideline him for 3-4 weeks.
The Seidenberg injury is more significant, however.
After the Dougie Hamilton trade and Matt Bartkowski exiting in free agency, the veteran German was supposed to be a key part of a whittled down blueline comprised of himself, Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller and Matt Irwin.
It’s very possible that GM Don Sweeney goes out and tries to add a veteran stopgap in the interim. The Bruins can ill afford a slow start to the year, especially coming off last year’s playoff miss.