Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Seidenberg: Talks, but no offer yet
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- While Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday morning that he plans on making changes to the team during the offseason, the organization and unrestricted free-agent defenseman Dennis Seidenberg have already begun contact talks.
Chiarelli and agent J.P. Barry started talking last week, according to Seidenberg, but there's nothing specific at this point.
"We'll just have to wait and see for the first offer to come in and go from there," Seidenberg said.
Chiarelli gave oft-injured defenseman Andrew Ference a three-year contract extension worth $6.75 million in March. Seidenberg is looking at that signing as a starting point.
"The money I think I'm worth is nothing crazy," he said. "If you look at comparables, it's pretty normal I would think."
In the days following the Ference signing, Seidenberg admitted he would be looking for a bigger payday in free agency. He also wants to win a Cup and believes both can be accomplished with the Bruins.
"There's so many quality young guys coming up and overall we're pretty young and we have a strong defensive core," Seidenberg said. "Our forwards, obviously we struggled scoring, but they're all smart players and they understand how to play the game. I think we definitely have a chance, if I end up back here, to go far. We're going to be good for a few years."
The Bruins acquired the veteran blueliner from the Florida Panthers at the trade deadline, but he played in just 17 games before suffering a lacerated tendon in his left forearm. He missed both rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
If Seidenberg, along with David Krejci and Marco Sturm, were available for every game in the playoffs, the Bruins might have had a different outcome.
"Maybe," admitted Seidenberg. "It would have been nice to be able to help, but the guys who played did a great job. It's just too bad I couldn't start playing again."
"We missed Dennis," the GM said. "He was a very solid defender who could move the puck well. He's a strong, strong player. Having Dennis in the mix pushes down other defenders [on the depth chart] and allows them to have better matchups, so we missed him."
Joe McDonald covers the Bruins and Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.