On Wednesday former Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg announced his retirement from professional hockey. Seidenberg played a total of 859 games in the NHL and 139 in the DEL (Professional German hockey league), coming just short of 1000 games at the professional league level. Seidenberg was a top four defenseman on the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup championship team.
Seidenberg was drafted 172nd overall by the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2001 NHL entry draft. Between 1999-2002 he jumped between the DEL and Ger Jr league (Second tier German hockey league).
Rounds were made
Dennis Seidenberg played more than 60 games for six NHL teams throughout his 20 year NHL career. This includes PHI (92), ARI (66), CAR (137), FLA (62), NYI (101), as well as his longest tenured stay in Boston that accounted for 401 games over seven years.
Dennis came to Boston via trade on March 3rd, 2010. Seidenberg was packaged with former Bruins defenseman Matt Barkowski from the Florida Panthers. In exchange the Panthers received Byron Blitz, Craig Weller, and a second round pick in the 2010 NHL entry draft. The Panthers selected current Providence Bruin Alexander Petrovic with that pick.
Seidenberg’s best season also occurred while he was in Boston. He provided 32 points during the Stanley Cup winning season in 2010-2011. He wasn’t the most common player to find on the scoresheet, but he was always a dependable defenseman. This was essential in Boston capturing of the Stanley Cup in 2011. He provided 11 points in the playoffs alone that season. Seidenberg was a perennial top four defenseman for the Bruins throughout the regular season and post season. Seidenberg was just the second German to win a Stanley Cup. The first was Dennis’s favorite player growing up, Uwe Krupp.
Following the 2011 Stanley Cup victory, Seidenberg signed a four year contract with the Bruins, worth $13 Million.
Seidenberg’s time with the Bruins came to an end at the end of the 2015-2016 season. He was bought out of the remaining two years on his contract.
Post Bruins career
In September of 2016 he signed a one year deal with the New York Islanders. In April of 2017 he again signed a one year deal with the Islanders.
After going most of the 2018-2019 season as a free agent, he signed one more one year deal with the Islanders in February. However, due to injuries he never saw the ice for the Islanders that year, and ultimately had already played his last game in the NHL.
Seidenberg stated that his reason for retiring was injuries. “Physically it just does not work anymore, my shoulder and wrists are pretty much done after 15 years in the NHL.”
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