On Wednesday, general manager Peter Chiarelli said that signing Dennis Seidenberg was “pretty high” on his agenda. And 24 hours later, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that the Bruins had inked the defenseman to a four-year, $16 million deal.
Seidenberg was one of the few core Bruins unsigned for next season before the deal, and had talked this preseason about the difficulty of playing in a contract year.
“It’s pretty hard,” Seidenberg said. “There are stretches in the season when you don’t perform the way you want to and you start wondering. I should be experienced in that situation because I’ve gone through it a few times, but it never gets easier.”
Fortunately for Seidenberg and the Bruins, he won’t need to. The 32-year-old had been in the final season of a four-year, $13 million deal he signed after he was traded to Boston from Florida with Matt Bartkowski in one of Chiarelli’s best deals.