Seidenberg says rehab 'going well'

BOSTON -- It’s been nearly a month since Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg had surgery to repair a torn MCL and ACL in his right knee.

While his teammates go through their normal daily routines, Seidenberg has been at the rink every day rehabbing. He suffered the season-ending injury on Dec. 27 at TD Garden and had surgery on Jan. 7.

“It’s been going well so far,” he said of the rehab. “We’re doing pretty basic stuff every day. There’s not much I can do, yet, but I see a little bit of progress every day. It’s a positive when you get up and you can stand on your leg and see that it feels better, so it’s good.”

He’s been able to spin his legs on the stationary bike a little bit, basically to preserve the muscle strength in his legs. He’s still working to reduce the post-surgery swelling in the knee. The rehab process has gone as he thought it would.

“I didn’t expect to be dying the first two days after surgery. It was real painful, but after that it is what I expected,” Seidenberg said.

Without Seidenberg in the lineup, the Bruins went into a bit of a skid, losing five of the eight games after the veteran defenseman suffered the injury. The Bruins finally settled in and have played well of late.

“I knew they were going to come out of it,” he said. “The team hit a rough spot and that always happens. Every year, every January, we kind of suck for a stretch, and then we get out of it. It doesn’t matter who’s in the lineup, so it’s good to see us playing well and winning games.”

Seidenberg, 32, signed a four-year, $13 million deal at the start of the season. In 34 games before the injury, he had one goal and nine assists (for 10 points) and a plus-11.