On Tuesday, Boston Bruins general manager said that extending defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was "high on his list" of things to do. On Wednesday, the Bruins officially announced that they had given their second best defenseman a four-year $16 million dollar extension.
After hoping around from four different teams, Seidenberg was brought to Boston in a mid-season trade back in 2010. Although the move wasn't consider a major one at the time, nobody knew just how important the journeyman would become.
Under Claude Julien, and playing with Zdeno Chara, Seidenberg's game finally reached its' potential. His cover skills, physicality, and steadiness in the offensive end, the German native became an integral part of the B's run to the Stanley Cup in 2011.
Since then one of the core members of the Bruins has been a rock on and off the ice. In talking to reporters Peter Chiarelli echoed that sentiment.
"You hear me talk often about character guys; he's definitely that on and off the ice. He plays our style — heavy game, heavy game that we like. He's been a warrior for us. There's a lot of things that he has that are compatible with the way we want to play. He's 32 but we feel he's in very good condition and takes good care of himself. Frankly, he wanted to stay here so it was easier to get it done for that reason."
Even with his age, it is likely the Bruins got a hometown discount on player that was very happy with the situation he found himself in. His age is a concern, but with the reduced number and Seidenberg's level of consistency, this deal is a well deserved win for both sides.
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