From the New York Islanders
The New York Islanders announced today that Dennis Seidenberg has agreed to terms on a one-year deal.
Seidenberg, 35, scored 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in 61 games with the Boston Bruins last season. It was the Schwenningen, Germany, native’s thirteenth National Hockey League season and seventh with the Bruins. Seidenberg won a Stanley Cup Championship with Boston in 2011.
My Take: Depth, depth and more depth. Seidenberg has won a Calder Cup in the AHL and a Stanley Cup with the Bruins, so he oozes experience and improves the leadership in the dressing room. He’s more of a shutdown defenceman and should be able to ring up 10-15 points, which improves the team with the departed Brian Strait, who collected 6-9 points respectively. Seidenberg signing almost guarantees that Adam Pelech will start the season in Bridgeport. The issue right now is that the Islanders now have 24 players on one-way contracts. Who gets sent down? Is there a trade to be made? To be honest, with the World Cup still being played, it’s just too soon to tell. I think that will also depend on the play of Mathew Barzal and if he plays well enough to at least get a 9 game trial in October. For now, it’s time to enjoy the final game(s) of the World Cup and then the next Islanders game is this Saturday at Bridgeport, I’ll be there tailgating and talking to as many Isles fans as possible so look for all of us in the parking lot.