WILMINGTON, Mass. — The permanent cast that protected his surgically repaired left forearm has been off since last Monday, and Dennis Seidenberg finally got to get on the ice and take the next step toward his return to the Bruins’ lineup today at Ristuccia Arena.

The Boston defenseman skated sprints under the watchful eye of strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides. He even did some stickhandling with his right hand, but he’s not allowed yet to touch a stick with his left. Previously, Seidenberg had been limited to off-ice conditioning with Whitesides.

“There’s a possibility I shave off a couple days,” said Seidenberg about the original prediction he’d be back four weeks after the removal of the cast. “I’m going to see [the doctor] Monday and he’s going to let me know how it’s going.”

Seidenberg said he can use his left hand, but he just can’t put any stress on the tendon.