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Wednesday Wake-Up Call: Dennis Seidenberg

Oct 26, 2011, 5:58 PM EST

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The Wednesday Wake-Up Call is where we pick a struggling player and kindly ask him to SNAP OUT OF IT ALREADY. COME ON. YOU’RE BETTER THAN THIS!

Dennis Seidenberg, D, Boston Bruins

Key stats: 0G-1A-1PT in 8GP, minus-4.

Cap hit: $3.25 million annually

Seidenberg was a key piece of Boston’s Stanely Cup run from a year ago, playing over 27 minutes a night while recording 11 points in 25 games. But numbers don’t fully explain how crucial he was to Boston’s success.

“[Seidenberg] finished last year as the second most valuable player in the Cup playoffs behind Tim Thomas, and seemed to himself realize just how good he could potentially be on the ice,” wrote CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty. “No longer was he just a shot-blocking machine with a nice offensive package of skills, but he’d become a dominant force at the defensemen position to bookend with the equally dominant [Zdeno] Chara.”

Yeah. Pretty high praise.

Which is why Seidenberg’s start to the 2011-12 season is so disappointing. He seems to have reverted to the enigmatic form shown during stints in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Carolina and Florida. His reputation then was of an inconsistent player that failed to fulfill his potential when less than 100 percent physically. So what’s the ailment holding him back now, you ask?

The dreaded Stanley Cup hangover. More, from Boston.com’s Tony Massarotti:

Dennis Seidenberg is a minus-4 through the first eight games of the regular season. Is anyone else worried about this? Seidenberg logged a preposterous amount of ice time last spring (an average of 27:38 per game, one second less than Zdeno Chara) and was arguably the Bruins’ second most valuable player in the postseason behind Tim Thomas.

That smells like a Stanley Cup hangover, no?

Either there’s major collusion amongst the Dennis Seidenberg Appreciation Chapter of the Boston Sportswriter’s Guild (FYI: neither actually exist) or yes, he was indeed the second-best Bruin in the playoffs.

This party explains why the Bruins are off to such an uneven start. Anytime your second-best player struggles, you’re probably going to lose more games than you win — and Boston is 3-5-0 through eight games.

So wake up, Dennis Seidenberg. Your team needs you.

  1. eli2tyree4 - Oct 26, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Bergeron is the Bruins second best skater. Hands down. Lucic is the only one close

    • derekl1113 - Oct 26, 2011 at 9:04 PM

      I have to disagree with you there. Lucic doesn’t skate! He is a slug who wears skates but he doesn’t skate. Lucic has been lucky enough to play next to Horton and Krejci. He cannot find his own shot because that would mean he would have to put a little effort into is game. He doesn’t play with that chip on his shoulder anymore that made him dangerous. Now he just sits and waits for a teammate to bust his hump and set him up. Or he just waits for the net to be empty.

      So I might agree with Bergeron but Lucic- no way.

      Besides, I think the article meant Seidenberg was the Bruins best skater during the playoffs. I can’t argue there.

      Go B’s!

      • nhlbruins90 - Oct 26, 2011 at 11:44 PM

        Agreed. Lucic doesn’t do much in the way of skating.

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