Injured Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg received an encouraging phone call from a former teammate Sunday.
Marco Sturm, who blew out his ACL and MCL during his final season in Boston, dialed up his fellow German countryman to offer some words of support.
Seidenberg also tore both knee ligaments during Saturday’s loss to the Ottawa Senators and will undergo season-ending surgery in the coming weeks.
“[Sturm] talked to me about it and said he feels great right now,” Seidenberg told reporters at practice Monday. “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.”
Sturm, who led the Bruins in goals twice in his five seasons with the team, blew out his knee during Boston’s 2010 playoff collapse against the Philadelphia Flyers. He was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings in December of that year, six months before the Bruins raised the Stanley Cup.
The winger did return to play 83 more games for the Kings, Washington Capitals, Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers, however, and Seidenberg is confident in his ability to do the same for the Bruins.
“It used to be when you had an ACL that it was career-ending, I guess,” Seidenberg said. “But they know how to take care of it, and they say that I’m going to be back to normal hopefully. … It just takes a while.”