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The ‘pickings are slim’ for Seidenberg replacement

Jan 27, 2014, 11:12 AM EDT

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From CSN New England:

“The pickings are slim,” said one Bruins source when asked about the trade market for veteran defensemen.

Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli is being forced to explore the trade market because of the season-ending injury to Dennis Seidenberg. To date, the biggest name that has come up in speculation is Dan Girardi from the Rangers; however, New York GM Glen Sather has said that he’d like to sign all his key unrestricted free agents before the end of the season, a list that also includes Ryan Callahan and Anton Stralman.

It’s possible the B’s go into the playoffs without addressing Seidenberg’s absence, instead allowing their group of relatively inexperienced blue-liners — Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton, Kevan Miller, and Torey Krug — to show what they can do.

It was those four, plus veterans Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk, that were in the lineup for Boston’s 6-1 dismantling of the Flyers on Saturday.

Related: Bartkowski play softening blow of Seidenberg loss

  1. amityvillefun - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    There is no replacing Seidenberg. I just hope he can recover well enough to return to the level he was at before his injury.

    The guy is one of the most underrated D-men in the league and a work horse for the Bruins. Get well soon, Dennis, we all miss you in the Black and Gold.

    • nunan - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Worst part is he’s one of those guys that steps up in the playoffs and now we won’t be able to see that this year. He’s exciting because you know at any moment, he’s going to lay someone out. Plays so heavy in the postseason. It’s fun to watch.

      • amityvillefun - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        It’s the little things he does… When you see someone go into a corner with him, he always finds a way to wrestle the puck free and kick it out to a teammate. The guy looks as strong as an ox! He’s just a player that seems to get the job done, in almost any situation.

        Sports Jocks on the local radio airwaves love to brag that they have “a tremendous Seidenberg!”

        Sadly, they may need some Viagra now in his absence. 😉

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Chiarelli doesn’t seem like a guy who over pays and I don’t think it starts now.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Basically I agree, but he did massively overpay for Kaberle…

      • jcmeyer10 - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:01 PM


      • amityvillefun - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        I remember when Toronto fans chimed in saying “he never shoots the puck.”

        They were right! He was an infuriating player to watch – just for the sheer fact he would work the point and keep passing the damn puck.

        Even if you are a “playmaker,” you still have to shoot the puck once in a while so you aren’t predictable!

  3. the8man - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    This is why you have a farm club. I’d rather see them get the youngsters involved now and hope for the best. The best being that the kids play well and NO ONE ELSE gets lost for the year. Yikes!

  4. dolanster - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Matt Greene. Currently hurt, but not needed in the Kings lineup. Could be had for a pick. Would look good in the spoked-B.

  5. mpops86 - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    There’s not going to be another guy who can come in as a second-pairing anchor who can slide up next to Chara and seal off leads. Girardi is that guy but he’s expensive, he’s not available, and the Bruins really can’t be giving up futures for rentals right now.

    The best thing to hope for his health. Chara-Boychuk is still a very good L-R pairing capable of making a deep run to the playoffs. The rest of the group is young but reliable: Hamilton has taken strides, Miller is an NHL talent, McQuaid is good in his own end, and Krug’s offense will take some pressure off the D. I still don’t trust Bartkowski but he’s a fine #6.

    They’ll probably add a smart depth guy for insurance, but beyond that I’m cool with this D corps in the playoffs.

  6. stratomaticfan - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    I’m guessing they’ll go with what they have. Fortunately (?)…the injury occurred relatively early on in the season and it gives the kids time to adapt to the system and learn before playoff time rolls around. I’ve been impressed with the play of Bart and Miller. Neither has done anything to indicate they can’t handle the big club. And experience will only help them come playoff time. No need to spend crazy picks/players for rentals or middle of the road guys.

  7. flash8910 - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Call the Ducks. With Sbisa back from injuries, the Ducks have several D to spare. Ducks currently carry 7: Fowler, Beauchemin, Allen, Sbisa, Lindholm, Lovejoy, Fistric. They have also played Vatanen has also played quite a bit before being send down to make room for Sbisa. Yonkman and Grant have also played a handful of games. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Ducks would consider moving Allen, Sbisa, Fistric, or Yonkman. No direct replacement for Seidenberg, but other possible 4 – 6 D.

  8. ironyisadeadscene - Jan 27, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Paging Greg Zanon. Blocked shots and stay at home defense….he didn’t play bad during his last stint with the Bruins so why not.

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