Thursday, September 29, 2016

Isles Add Dennis Seidenberg for Depth, Versatility

The New York Islanders signed free agent defenseman Dennis Seidenberg for a 1-year, $1 million deal to bolster depth on the blueline. Seidenberg, 35, had has four-year contract with the Boston Bruins bought out last season. The German just finished the World Cup of Hockey where he played for Team Europe, where he averaged over 20 minutes a game and tallied three assists in six games.

The Islanders have a pretty solid defense corps, and Seidenberg doesn't figure to earn top-six minutes, barring injuries. The deal likely means that Adam Pelech will go to Bridgeport for more seasoning because Scott Mayfield has a one-way deal and would have to clear waivers to be sent to Bridegeport.

Johnny Boychuk has been suffering from an upper-body injury already this season, and some are worried that he still could be dealing with the same shoulder problems that plagued him for much of last season.

Seidenberg spend the last seven years in Boston, winning the Stanley Cup with the team in 2011. As the World Cup of Hockey went on, several clubs were kicking the tires of the Schwenningen, Germany native, but he said that the Islanders were the only ones to make him an offer while speaking to Hockey Central by SportsNet on Thursday.