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Bruins extend Seidenberg: four years, $16 million

Oct 3, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT

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On Wednesday, Boston GM Peter Chiarelli said re-signing Dennis Seidenberg was a “pretty high” priority for his club.

He wasn’t kidding.

A day later, the Bruins signed Seidenberg to a four-year, $16 million extension with a no-trade clause, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. The deal runs through the 2017-18 season and, barring a waiving of the NTC, will keep Seidenberg with the B’s until he’s 36 years old.

Seidenberg, who has been with the Bruins since 2010, will see his four-year, $13 million deal expire at season’s end. The German rearguard 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.

Monetarily speaking, the deal is a good one for Boston. The Bruins retain Seidenberg’s services with a nominal annual pay bump — $3.25 to $4 million per season — and prevent him going to market in what could potentially be a thin year for UFA defensemen.

  1. tdrusher225 - Oct 3, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    That’s a pretty good cap hit. Hopefully he can hold up for the next four years.

  2. freneticgarfieldfan - Oct 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Peter Chiarelli is a pretty good GM.

  3. matt14gg - Oct 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    A top pair/top four defenseman at 4 mil per/year is a great deal for the Bruins. The length is a bit surprising, but that and the NTC are give backs by the team for an otherwise great deal.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Oct 3, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Seems like he left some money on the table but you do that when you build a team players want to be a part of.

  5. hockeyflow33 - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Good price, good length.

  6. titansbro - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Love it

  7. mpops86 - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Jesus that’s a steal.

    • govtminion - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Man, no kidding. For a guy that is usually stacked against the opposing teams’ top talent, that’s fantastic. Glad he’ll be around for four more years!

  8. 8man - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    You can’t win the Stanley Cup every year, but that doesn’t seem to stop Bruins management from trying.

    Retaining solid, veteran blueliners who play well and eat minutes is paramount!

  9. amityvillefun - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    The German Hammer stays in Boston! Seidenberg is a great athlete and I’m glad he was able to see the future of the franchise and determine that being a part of a winning team was worth more to him than seeing how much he could get as a free agent.

    If that doesn’t say “team player,” than I don’t know what would.

  10. rkdjr - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    congratulations Dennis….well.deserved

  11. denverwally - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Great signing for both sides. Dennis gets the security he wanted with a long term deal, and with the cap expected to start going up quickly next year the B’s get a very managable cap number for one of the most underrated D’men in the league. He is rock solid, reliable, and very popular with his teammates.

  12. ntvd7 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    How did Carolina and Florida let him go!?!?!?

    He’s solid as a rock, always has been

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