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Bruins’ Seidenberg contemplates playing in Germany if locked out

Aug 23, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

Dennis Seidenberg Getty Images

While most NHLers haven’t started planning where they’ll play in the event of a lockout, some are beginning to think about the future.

Such is the case in Boston, as Fluto Shinzawa of the Globe asked B’s defenseman Dennis Seidenberg about his plans — specifically, if Seidenberg might return to Germany and play with his former club, Mannheim.

The added allure of Mannheim is the club also employs Seidenberg’s brother, Yanick.

“It would be nice to play with him if it gets to that point,” Seidenberg said. “But for now, I haven’t really put enough thought into it to say what I’m going to do.”

Seidenberg spent three years with Mannheim before joining the Flyers organization in 2002. He opted not to play in Germany during the 2004-05 lockout — he spent the year with Philly’s AHL affiliate — but could be swayed to return this time around.

Aside from getting to play with his brother, Seidenberg would join an Eagles club that lost in the finals of last year’s German league championship.

That said, playing in Germany isn’t a slam dunk. Seidenberg is 31 now (he was 23 during the last lockout) and has a family. He’s also much more aware of labor negotiations than he was as a youngster.

“Last time I was pretty young, so I wasn’t really involved in all that stuff that was going on,” he said. “I played in the minors back then. I got the news here and there, but I didn’t really know what happened.

“This time, being a little bit older and knowing a few more players, you really feel the players are sticking together and really caring for each other. We’re believing what Don Fehr has to say.”


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  1. elvispocomo - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    That’s an interesting picture choice – not Seidenberg’s best photo with him fanning on a rolling puck and making a face to match.

    • itsallniceonice - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      Yeah I would have picked his goal against Mike Smith. Phoenix better hope that has been beaten out of him haha.

  2. dropthepuckeh - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    This guy is a 100% class act and work horse that gets overlooked. His run during the Bruin’s Cup season was second only to Thomas. I hope it isn’t an option that he has to choose to play overseas but in that event, you know that team will crush it. I am so grateful the B’s have him signed. For now….

  3. paebucs1962 - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    First Thomas leaves and now Sides?? Bruins are coming apart. Rask had better be SOLID in the pipes!!

    • elvispocomo - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      Rask can do all he wants if ‘Sides’ is over in Germany, since it’d mean there’s a lockout. He’d win all the games on his own since no one else from either team would show up.

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