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|Seidenberg (#4). (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) |
With over 30 deals involving over 50 players made throughout the NHL on the league’s annual trade deadline day, it’s no surprise the B’s had their sights set on several roster adjustments.
Most notable of the Bruins deals was the acquisition of Dennis Seidenberg
, a 28-year-old defenseman from the Florida Panthers. Only a couple hours after news of the deal broke, Seidenberg was on the phone, checking with the Bruins media.
“I’m very glad and happy to be joining the franchise,” he said. “It has a lot of history and a lot of success and I’m excited to join a team that’s hopefully going to be going deep into the playoffs.
“I’m going to be looking forward to that.”
So far this season, Seidenberg has played in 62 games for the Panthers, registering two goals and 21 assists.
The German native was signed by Florida as a free agent before the start of this season. Previously Seidenberg had suited up for the Carolina Hurricanes, Phoenix Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers.
But after spending no more than three consecutive seasons on a single team, Seidenberg said he’s hoping to find a more permanent solution soon and hopefully with the Bruins.
“I’m looking forward to my time here,” he said. “Over the past few years I’ve been traded a few times and I’d like to stay in one spot for a long period of time.”
“If it’s in Boston, great. That’s my goal for now.”
Before he’s even donned his B’s sweater, Seidenberg is already looking forward to reconnecting with two of his former teammates, now fellow Bruins.
Marco Sturm played alongside Seidenberg on the German national team only days ago during this year’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Also, Seidenberg and Mark Recchi spent two years together on the Flyers roster between 2002 and 2004.
Looking ahead to the 21 games left on the season, Seidenberg knows he and his teammates will have one thing in mind—the playoffs.
“If you look at the team, they’re almost the same team that they were last year so there’s no doubt in my mind that they have a chance to go deep in the playoffs again this year,” he said.
“Hopefully we’ll be going strong the next few games and find our position in the top eight for the playoffs.”
He said that the B’s, despite recent struggles, have a strong foundation of talent upon which to build and he said he hopes to help them get to the next level.
“They’re definitely a really skilled team,” he said. “I think Boston plays a really [good] system. They play smart hockey.”