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Chiarelli: Seidenberg extension ‘pretty high’ priority for B’s

Oct 2, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

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According to Peter Chiarelli, getting Dennis Seidenberg signed to a new deal is pretty important.

Chiarelli said an extension for Seidenberg is a ‘pretty high’ priority for the Bruins, according to ESPN Boston — and, what’s more, Seidenberg feels a new deal could be completed soon.

The 32-year-old blueliner, who has been with the Bruins since 2010, will see his four-year, $13 million deal expire at season’s end. Seidenberg has been an important cog for Boston over the last few seasons, including the Stanley Cup-winning campaign of 2010-11 in which he tied a career-high with 32 points while averaging over 23 minutes a night.

Seidenberg was also a workhorse in last year’s playoffs, averaging 25:59 per game — second only to Zdeno Chara.

It’ll be interesting to see what Seidenberg will command money-wise with his new deal. His current $3.25 million cap hit is one of the league’s better bargains — considering how much and how big a role he plays — and he would likely be one of the more sought-after UFA defensemen should he go to market this summer.

  1. amityvillefun - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Seidenberg is awesome. He’d be a number one defenseman anywhere else! The guy does all the little things right on most nights and can hit with the best of them! Boston is very lucky to have him wearing the spoked B….and it should stay that way!

    Pay the man.

    • govtminion - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Absolutely. With all respect to Chara, this is the guy that makes the Bruins’ defense work as well as it does. Get it done- other than maybe Rask and Bergeron (both of whom are signed long-term) I don’t know that anyone else on that team is as vital as Seids.

    • amityvillefun - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      I love that I have a few trolls that thumbs down my every comment. Must be a fan of either Montreal, Vancouver, Pittsburgh or maybe Buffalo…

      GO BRUINS! :)

      • amityvillefun - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        You all just wish you had as big of a Seidenberg as we do!

        HA!

  2. upyourstodd - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    It bodes well for the Bruins that the Cap will go up. They need the space if they intend on signing Dennis. Especially with Krug and Bartkowski becoming RFA’s. Could potentially spell the end of the line for a guy like Sean Thornton depending on how much the Cap increases next season.

    • pepper2011 - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      I don’t know about that. I think Shawn Thornton is a B for life. He is a big time team/chemistry guy and he never complains about being sat or ice time. He understands his role and embraces it. He is a responsible player in all 3 zones and apart from a couple young guys; he’s the cheapest guy out there. I see his cap hit staying pretty much where it is for the next few years; which I don’t see as a problem.

      They can LTIR Savard to gain space.

      Boychuck, McQuaid, Kelly and Paille are the at risk guys in my opinion. The Dmen because of the organizational depth vs. cap hit, and no other reason.
      They could get some pics or prospects for those guys and keep the line moving. Don’t get me wrong; they are both great and I would love to see them stay, but they have 7 legit NHL defensemen now and another group on their way: Arnesson, Grzelcyk, Morrow, Trotman and Castro.

      Kelly because he can’t have another sub par year at that cap hit (which I don’t think he will) and Paille is the opposite – very low cap hit for everything he brings to the table – a team might ‘overpay’ for him slotting him higher than a 4th liner. Spooner or Lindblad could fill his absence.

      it’s amazing what the PC, Cam and the rest of the front office has been able to build. So much depth.

      • upyourstodd - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Cant really argue with any of the points you’ve just made. However, I have a hard time believing (ok maybe a hard time accepting) that they would trade solid, veteran defensemen with a year left on their deals to keep a guy like Thornton.

        Kelly is on a short leash, but that may be unfair given that he has two new linemates this season (or it could be the shot in the arm that he desperately needed). Again I also would have a hard time accepting that they would get rid of Paille (also with a year remaining) who is a great penalty man and brings alot of speed to the bottom two lines.

        Maybe its just me, but a guy like Thornton, a “Team” guy, is expendable or at least he should be. He doesn’t bring a whole lot to the table except for the fights. Id like to see a prospect come up and play meaningful minutes and get the experience. While saving a couple hundred thousand on the cap.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        See, I think he brings more than fighting. He brings; clean Physical play, and he is not useless like some of the other enforcers. I am not saying I want them to get rid of anyone. I think Paille will get paid after his contract with the B’s. They may move him and try to get something for him, but he would be a huge loss, I agree.

        I don’t think a prospect would come up and get meaningful minutes; not on the fourth line, and not the 12th forward position. Thornton for 8 minutes a night is more valuable with his skill set than say a young kid who is not going to get the ice time he needs to develop. Thornton’s energy should not be overlooked. Young guys come in a see a guy like that working his butt of for 8 minutes a night and even less in the playoffs, and it shows them what it takes.

        Hopfully Iginla will turn into Recchi type over the next 3-5 years. 3m or so to play on the third line and contribute when it counts. From what I have seen he still has a few more 25+ goal years left in him, but that will open up space for a top 6 guy (Spooner/Camara/FA)

        All I know is they are in a great place. They have a core; and pretty much the whole team can comfortably slide around and play up or down a line. Then they have a ton of depth.

  3. amityvillefun - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Iginla has impressed me a little more than Eriksson thus far, but we didn’t get to see as much of Loui in pre-season, so he still has time to shine. I like that Iginla is hungry to score and shoots like crazy. So many times in the past, the Bruins have been guilty of over-passing the puck. Iginla still seems to like the physical game too, which is a bonus on that line. I’m betting that Lucic steps up his game this year as well. He had a great playoffs last year after a lackluster season. He was a new dad though, so I’m sure that transition had a toll on him. I’m thinking playing with Iggy will stoke his fires and he will really step up his game this year.

    As far as Thornton goes, he’s a true “enforcer” and not a “goon.” There IS a difference. I truly believe that the loss of Campbell on that 4th line really hurt the Bruins in the finals, along with the injuries.

    Here’s hoping they can get back in the big show again this year! I’d love another shot at Chicago. At least they rolled over Pittsburgh, which was a true pleasure to behold.

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