Dennis Seidenberg played his first game of the 2015-2016 season last night, and was decent. He wasn't on the ice for any of the Colorado goals, and finished the game with a Fenwick+/- of +3 in 5v5 play.
Hey, it's a start.
Here's what he had to say after the game:
Getting back into the swing of things:
"I was a little nervous in the beginning but I was very excited to be back and being able to play. It’s been a long time."
Getting in the game by taking the body:
"It’s always good to start a game either giving a hit or taking a hit. It gets you in the game right away. It wasn’t a bad hit at all. Tyler didn’t even know who got hit. He...heard the crowd making noise and he thought he had to step up which I appreciate."
How's the leg?
"It felt alright. Obviously there is more work to be done but I think it was a good first step and there’s room to get better."
The game itself:
"We had a good start like we have had in the past. We just didn’t follow up. We kind of lost our game, getting pucks deep, and moving our feet. They...scored two goals in the first, and then we were just kind of flat...we just couldn’t get it back on track and putting pressure on their net."
How can his return help?
"My role is play my brand of hockey, which is playing solid defensively [and]penalty killing...making a simple play and playing physical hockey and winning my battles. That's what we have to focus on."
How does the team look?
"It definitely looks different. There’s a few guys I’m obviously missing that are gone. I haven’t really thought about it too much. It’s all about playing the game the right way and doesn’t really matter who’s in the locker room. We just have to play to our strengths and listen to our coaches and doesn’t matter who is here and who is not. Just play.