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Bruins acquire Seidenberg

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  March 3, 2010 11:39 AM

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250seidenberg.jpgThe Bruins have acquired defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and the rights to a college player from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forwards Byron Bitz and Craig Weller and a second-round draft pick in 2010.

Seidenberg has two goals and 21 assists in 62 games this season, averaging 22:54 of ice time per appearance. Seidenberg is a left-handed shot. Seidenberg is earning $2.25 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent at year's end. He also played in the Olympics for Germany.

"From what I know of him, he's one of those guys who plays hard," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "He loves to block shots. Very physical. Competes. Has been known to be really good in the big games. He comes up big. I thought last year with Carolina, he was a pretty good defenseman. He didn't back down from anything. He's a guy we look forward to having in our lineup."

The Bruins will be Seidenberg's fifth NHL team. He also played for the Flyers, Coyotes and Hurricanes. For a review of his career, click here.

The draft pick the Bruins are losing was one the Bruins received from Tampa Bay at last year's trade deadline along with Mark Recchi.

The Bruins acquired the rights to Ohio State's Matt Bartkowski, a 21-year-old defenseman from Pittsburgh. He has four goals and 12 assists this season. He was drafted by the Panthers in the seventh round of the 2008 draft.

Bitz played 45 games for the Bruins and had four goals and five assists. Weller played 55 games for the Providence Bruins this season and had four goals and 10 assists.

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