Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has not skated in training camp or the first two preseason games.
We now know why.
The B’s announced Wednesday in a statement that 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 missed about half of the 2013-14 season after undergoing knee surgery. He returned for the 2014-15 campaign and played in all 82 games, tallying 14 points (three goals, 11 assists).
The 34-year-old defenseman has spent the last five-plus seasons with the Bruins.
Here are projected Bruins pairings with Seidenberg potentially missing as many as two months:
Zdeno Chara-Zach Trotman
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Matt Irwin-Joe Morrow/Colin Miller
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