“It’s definitely good news and I’m definitely relieved,” Seidenberg said on Friday.
Toews was on the receiving end of a boarding hit at 10:04 of the second period in Chicago’s 3-2 victory over Boston on Thursday night at TD Garden. Toews went headfirst into the end wall behind the Bruins’ net and remained on the ice for a moment, before skating to the bench on his own.
Seidenberg was given a two-minute penalty for boarding and Toews remained in the game for the power play. He was later called for a hooking penalty at 10:53. He saw limited action the remainder of the period and did not return in the third.
After the game, Seidenberg said there was no intent and that he was only finishing his check.
“I try to be clean, I thought I had his right shoulder but it just kind of happened and it just didn’t look that great,” Seidenberg said. “Again I try to play clean and hard and that’s all I can say.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien agreed that it was not a malicious hit, saying in general that all players in the league need to be aware a hit is coming.
“We need to start educating our players to protect themselves better,” Julien said. “We keep turning our backs; we keep trying to curl away. A player’s job is to finish his check. So a player should know he’s going to be hit.
“Sometimes we’ve got to protect ourselves as players,” Julien said on Friday. "Dennis is a strong individual and he went in there to close the gap quickly away from the boards, so the way it ended up, when we look at who it is and him not coming back, you kind of expect that it’s going to be looked at. I don’t think it’s worthy of more than he got, a penalty and that’s my view of it.”
Seidenberg has no past history with league discipline.