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COYOTES SIGN SEIDENBERG & SJOSTROM

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

COYOTES SIGN SEIDENBERG & SJOSTROM TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACTS

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and forward Fredrik Sjostrom to two-year contracts. As per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Last season, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Seidenberg played in 34 games with the Coyotes after being acquired from Philadelphia on January 19. He collected 1-10-11 in 34 games and established career highs for games played (63), assists (15), points (18), power play goals (2) and power play assists (7).

In 2004-05, the 25-year-old native of Schwenningen, Germany helped the Philadelphia Phantoms win the American Hockey League's 2005 Calder Cup Championship.  In 79 regular season games with the Phantoms, Seidenberg registered 13-28-41 and 47 penalty minutes (PIM) and ranked second among club defensemen in goals, assists and points. Seidenberg then posted 2-8-10 and 19 PIM in 18 playoff games as the Phantoms won the title. In the 2005 playoffs, only three Phantoms players had more points than Seidenberg, who tied for the team lead in playoff points among defensemen.

During the 2003-04 campaign, Seidenberg played in 5 games with the Flyers and 33 games with the Phantoms (AHL). He registered 7-12-19 and 31 PIM for the Phantoms and was named to the AHL All-Star Team before missing the majority of the season recovering from a broken leg. In his rookie NHL season (2002-03), he collected 4-9-13 and 20 PIM in 58 games with the Flyers. Seidenberg ranked third on the Flyers in shots on goal with 123 that season and was also named to the NHL YoungStars Game as part of NHL All-Star Weekend in 2003.

Seidenberg represented Germany at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy and throughout his career, has represented Germany many times on the international stage including the 2002 Winter Olympic Games (Salt Lake City, Utah), the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 2001 and 2002 World Championships. 

He was acquired from Philadelphia in exchange for Petr Nedved on January 19, 2006. He was originally drafted by the Flyers in the 6th round (172nd overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Last season, the 6-foot-1, 217-pound Sjostrom played 75 games with the Coyotes, recording 6-17-23 and 42 penalty minutes (PIM). He established career highs in games played (75), assists (17), points (23), plus/minus (+1), time on ice per game (13:19) and PIM (42).

In 2004-05, the 23-year-old native of Fargelanda, Sweden played 80 games with Utah (AHL), collecting 14-24-38 and 57 PIM. He tied for the team lead in games played, ranked second on the Grizzlies in assists and points, and tied for third in goals. Sjostrom also led Utah in game-winning goals with 4.

During the 2003-04 campaign, his first NHL season, Sjostrom split the year between Phoenix and Springfield (AHL). He played in 57 games with the Coyotes, recording 7-6-13 and 22 PIM.

Sjostrom was drafted by the Coyotes in the first round (11th overall) in the 2001 Entry Draft.

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