It was announced on Thursday that the Boston Bruins and defenseman Dennis Seidenerg have agreed to a four year, $16 million contract. This will keep Seidenberg around a few more years, as his current deal with the team is expiring at the end of the season.
According to an article on ESPN, Seidenberg was pleased with the signing,
It makes me really happy, and on top of it we won the game.
This is good news for Bruins fans especially, as Seidenberg has been pretty good for the team since he got there back in 2010 through a trade with the Florida Panthers. Having Seidenberg alongside Zdeno Chara will prove to be great for the next few years, as they’ve looked good on the line together in the past.
Goaltender Tuukka Rask was also very happy about the signing, as he likes having Seidenberg wearing the spoked B.
He’s a solid D-man. He’s got that offensive ability, too. He can do whatever out there. He’s an all-around D-man. We’ve played together for a couple of years now, so I think it’s important to keep that defensive core there because it helps my job.
The veteran qualities Seidenberg brings to the team will be helpful for the group of young defends the Bruins have, including Torrey Krug and Matt Bartowski.
He probably could have gotten more money if he looked for a job in the free-agent market, but it was clear he wanted to stay in Boston.