On Wednesday, general manager Peter Chiarelli said that signing Dennis Seidenberg was “pretty high” on his agenda. And 24 hours later, Seidenberg signed a four-year, $16 million extension. TSN was first to report the deal.
“He plays our style,” said GM Peter Chiarelli. “Heavy game. Heavy game that we like. He’s been a warrior for us. There’s a lot of things he has that are compatible with the way we want to play. He’s 32, but we feel he’s in very good condition, takes care of himself. Frankly, he wanted to stay here. Easier to get done for that reason.”
Seidenberg was one of the few core Bruins unsigned for next season before the deal, and had talked this preseason about the difficulty of playing in a contract year.
“It’s pretty hard,” Seidenberg said. “There are stretches in the season when you don’t perform the way you want to and you start wondering. I should be experienced in that situation because I’ve gone through it a few times, but it never gets easier.”
Fortunately for Seidenberg and the Bruins, he won’t need to. The 32-year-old had been in the final season of a four-year, $13 million deal he signed after he was traded to Boston from Florida with Matt Bartkowski in one of Chiarelli’s best deals.
The contract is the same as the four-year, $16 million contract Tim Gleason signed with Carolina. Both are rugged, left-shot defensemen.
“D like Dennis are hard to find,” Chiarelli said. “He’s been so good for us. The way that he play, it’s hard to find. We’ve got D in the pipeline that have bits and pieces of their game that are like that. But not the whole package like Dennis.”