Dennis Seidenberg deserved his four-year, $16 million dollar contract extension. Seidenberg has done nothing but embody what it means to be a Boston Bruin and he understands what it means to play in the city of Boston. He is hardworking, blue collar and a great teammate. Unlike the Phil Kessel contract that was just signed, Seidenberg is actually a guy I would want the roster in a long-term capacity. At least Seidenberg will use his fists in a fight instead of going all “lumber jack” on a bigger opponent.
Going into a year where the Bruins are going to have numerous young defensemen, it was only fitting that they lock up Seidenberg to act as a mentor. He can help Zdeno Chara show the young guys the proper way to be a professional. Well, maybe they can just show them how not to turn the puck over and pinch during inopportune times. I would be fine with that as well.
This contract also makes the release of Andrew Ference easier to swallow. When Ference was released, it left a lot of speculation as to what the Bruins’ defense was going to look like. Sure, Torey Krug struggled in the playoffs. Also, Dougie Hamilton had a great regular season; was it going to be sustainable? How many other young players have had a great first season and then never lived up to the hype? I guess a Tyler Seguin reference doesn’t really count here because he never really reached his full potential in Boston and his first season was partially spent in the press box.
Either way you look at it, the Bruins just solidified their chances of being a contender for the next four years.
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