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  • Boston now owns Seidenberg’s compelling contract


    Boston now owns Seidenberg’s compelling contract

    Joe Makarski March 3, 2010

    It was no surprise that Panthers’ general manager Randy Sexton was going to be a seller by this NHL trade deadline day. It was even more obvious that he was going to deal impending free-agents; such as F Dominic Moore, D Jordan Leopold, and D Dennis Seidenberg.

    The Bruins picked-up the 6’1″ 210 lb. Seidenberg — along with Matthew Bartowski in exchange for a second-round pick in 2010 [from Tampa Bay] Byron Bitz, Craig Weller [who was acquired in the Chuck Kobasew trade back in Oct.] — shortly after trading away their own impending UFA, Derek Morris.

    George Richards,  the Florida Panthers beat-writer at the Miami Herald, wrote some interesting tidbits on Seidenberg’s existing contract. Here’s an excerpt from On Frozen Blog:

    “Seidenberg signed with the Panthers in the first week of training camp when the team was in Nova Scotia. His contract was structured so that he got $1 million in base salary and a $1.25 million bonus on June 30. That $1.25 million — plus whatever is left of the $1 million — now belongs to the Bruins.

    Now that’s a Saveology Save!

    “That was another big reason they wanted to get rid of me,” Seidenberg said. “They wanted to get rid of the money, and Boston, I guess, made a big commitment to pick up such a big amount of money for 20 games and hopefully maybe more. Maybe they plan on resigning me. I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen.””

    So even though just under one-quarter of the 2009-10 NHL season remains, Peter Chiarelli and the B’s are in fact on the hook for over half of Seidenberg’s contract. No pressure to re-sign him on Jul. 1 now, eh?

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