It’s different for every individual player, but some members of the Bruins will be looking into the Kevlar “no cut” socks after the incident with Erik Karlsson and Matt Cooke last week.

Cooke and the Ottawa defenseman were battling in the corner for a loose puck and the Pittsburgh troublemaker came down with a skate blade on the back of Karlsson’s foot that ended up lacerating his Achilles tendon. The injury means the reigning Norris Trophy winner is done for the season, and it’s also sparked some healthy curiosity among NHL players around the league.

There wasn’t a groundswell of requests inside the Bruins dressing room for the “cut proof” socks after the incident with Karlsson, but Gregory Campbell indicated it’s something he’s going to ask about after spotting the socks while watching hockey on Monday night.

“I was watching the Colorado/Nashville game and it made me want to ask the trainers about them. I had never even thought about it until the guy on TV showed them,” said Campbell. “It’s a simple thing like a sock and I’m sure it’s just like any other sock. I know guys have the lining in their hockey socks, but an awful lot of times I have seen the cuts in the back. It’s something that could definitely prevent a lot of injuries. It’s a good idea.”

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference actually made sleeves out of patches of the Kevlar material and uses them to guard his wrists from potential skate blade cuts.
Dennis Seidenberg has been sliced at the top of both his calves and across his chest by errant skate blades over the years and has the Frankenstein scarring to prove it. But the tough German defenseman said he isn’t consistent about wearing the protection from game to game.

If Seidenberg remembers to put the extra wraps around the back of his legs and wrists then he’ll wear the protection, but he said it isn’t a mandatory part of his daily game preparation. If anybody should remember it’s a guy like Seidenberg that has seemingly been a magnet for skate blades, but he doesn’t regularly wear all of the protection offered to Boston players.