The Bruins certainly aren’t getting their hopes up, but coach Claude Julien -- like team president Cam Neely the day before -- on Friday wouldn't rule out the possibility that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg could rejoin the Boston lineup during the playoffs.

The German defenseman had surgery for a torn right ACL/MCL in early January after injuring his knee in a Dec. 27 game against the Ottawa Senators, and the Bruins said at the time he was done for the year.

The typical timetable for recovery from that type of surgery is six to eight months, and the initial hope was that Seidenberg would be fully ready for the start of the 2014-15 season. But he's a perfectly tuned athletic machine, and he’s been ahead of his recovery schedule since the first few weeks following the surgery.

The best-case scenario is that Seidenberg wouldn't be ready until deep into a Boston playoff run, and even then there would be some hesitation to parachute someone who hadn’t played in six months into the most important games of the year. It’s a situation similar to Patrice Bergeron's in 2007-08, when he suffered his first serious concussion and the dilemma the B's would have faced had they advanced deep into the postseason.

“It’s still up in the air," Julien said of Seidenberg's potential return. "It’s kind of like Bergeron’s situation where he was always ready to come back. Would we, or would we not [play him]? Is it risky?'