Seidenberg in light contact drills

MONTREAL -- Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg participated in light contact drills after the team’s morning skate Monday at Bell Centre.

He was working on one-on-one battle drills in the corner, along with forward Jordan Caron and Andrej Meszaros.

It’s the first time Seidenberg has been cleared for contact since he had surgery on Jan. 7 to repair the torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. He’s been skating for more than a month now, but he remains cautious because his knee is not completely healed.

Last week, Seidenberg helped fuel rumors about his potential return during these Stanley Cup playoffs when he told the Boston Globe he was not only “feeling better,” but that he could “probably play right now.”

The Bruins have been coy about his potential return. General manager Peter Chiarelli had a brief answer for a reporter asking about Seidenberg’s status earlier in the second-round series against the Canadiens.

“I’m not going to comment on that,” he said. “I haven’t last series, this series.”