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Dennis Seidenberg Says Goodbye to South Florida, Hello to Beantown -- And Eighth Place in the East

Cheers Dennis Seidenberg said goodbye to his Florida teammates, cleaned out his locker and will eventually be on his way to Boston.

As of 12:30, he said he hadn't heard when he would be going.

Although he said he knew because of his contract that Florida needed to move him, he didn't want to go. He wanted to stay long term, and adds that door hasn't closed. Many players who get traded away from a team as a pending UFA close that door quick.

Boston holds the eighth and final spot in the east -- seven points in front of the Panthers. The two teams play at Boston Garden later this month.

"Obviously I'm disapointed to be leaving, but I am going to a playoff team,'' said Seidenberg, traded to the Bs for Byron Bitz, minor leaguer Craig Weller and a second round pick (Tampa Bay) in 2010. "You never know what can happen. Maybe I'm a free agent again and maybe I sign here again. It's a possibility. I liked it here. I would have liked a little more success. .-.-. You never know, anything can happen. Last year, I didn't know I would sign here two days into camp. You can never say never. I'm keeping my options open.''

Seidenberg said last week that he wanted to be part of the solution here. With the Panthers playoff hopes fading fast, he understands.

"Maybe not this year,'' he said about the playoffs, "but maybe next year.''

And going to Boston?

"It's a history rich franchise,'' he said. "They have had great success in the past and trying to repeat it. They had a really good team last year, this year, getting there. It's a great organization. It's nice. It's nice to go to Boston, where the games are sold out almost every game. It'll be nice to be in that market. There are pros and cons to being traded. That's one of the pros.''

Of course, for what Boston is paying him for the rest of this year, they might want to sign him to an extra year or two just to get some value back.

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.''

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Best of luck to Dennis, and glad there's no ill will from him toward the team in trading him - sounds like he understands the situation the Panthers are in.

He played well for the Panthers so I hope the best for him and even hope to see him in our team's uniform again, though those hopes aren't high.

Seidenberg was a bright spot for this team. It is too bad that the Panthers did not live up to anyone's expectations. Who knew that the Panthers defense would be their biggest strength over the season...

would love to have Dennis what class. Remnds me of jayblo lol. Could trade especially since the 2nd is tampas so more like a low lst.

And Bruin fans seem to really like Bitts but we shall see..

He was a good guy and a bright spot...althoooooooough, I know it wasn't his 'fault', but he DID hurt our chances somewhat by nipping Horton in the leg. With Horton in he might very well have had 3 or 4 goals in that time which may have put us up a little closer to the 8th spot.

Good player. Good trade. Good idea to sign him in the summer as UFA.

IS THAT IT? SERIOUSLY IS THAT IT? NOT THAT I DONT LIKE WHAT WE DONE WITH THE TRADES. BUT THESE TRADES WERE UFA/SALARY DUMPS NOT A CHANGE OF TALENT OR DIRECTION. AGAIN I THINK SEXTON DID A GREAT JOB GETTING PICKS AND SUCH. BUT NOT WORTHY OF THE OWNERSHIP LETTER. THAT LETTER STATED THAT THEY WERE WRONG ABOUT OUR PLAYERS. AND OUR PLAYERS DID NOT HAVE THE "RIGHT STUFF". DID WE TAKE ANY STEPS IN THAT DIRECTION TODAY?.... HOW DO I GO TO A GAME NOW AND CHEER AND INVEST MY TIME IN THIS TEAM IT THE OWNERS DONT THINK THEY BELONG WITH US. THAT LETTER WHICH I APPLAUDED AT THE TIME SET THE STAGE FOR PLAYER DUMPING OR A FEW TRADES FOR THE SAKE OF TRADES, WARNING THE FANS THAT BIG NAME MAY GO(HORTON,WIESS,T-VO) AND NONE OF THAT WAS ADDRESSED TODAY. RIGHT?
HELP ME HERE...

Quoting a comment from another post

"lol. Does anyone need anymore proof that Sexton and the owners are ALL TALK? That letter was to get the season ticket holders to renew. All this talk about fixing everything was garbage. ALL TALK. ALL TALK. ALL TALK. ALL TALK"

Calm down people. No one and I mean no one wants any of our players like Horton or Olesz at this pointbecause of their hefty salaries. More movement of such contracts are moved at the draft when teams know what the cap will be. Patience. Also no one wants Kreps or Campbell since they stink up the joint. I do not believe, then again I can be wrong, that they will resign them.

Actually, patience and the season ending could bring new life to the FLorida Panthers. The GM position in Florida is now attractive, owners will let you do what you want and you have plenty of draft picks to boot. that was not the situation last year....

I know no one wants our high salaries and dead beat players Im not talking about trading olesz and kreps for the 84 OIlers. what im saying is sometimes you have to make a trade just to make a trade. take a loss just to shake thing up. we dont have the depth for the coach to bench anyone. the mangmt needs to provide the coaching staff as many tools as possible. if we are rebuilding then fine rebuild. hell Ill let kreps and olesz go on waivers at this point. just get rid of the dead weight. again I think Sexton has done a great job on these trades. I just thought the letter was them saying "we get it and your are right we need a new direction talent wise" now its proof that one arm doesnt know what the other is doing.

RPAUL323.... Sexton didn't do anything. He got rid of 2 UFA that everyone in the world knew were gone. All he did was so that he didn't repeat from last year with BO. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less

But Seidenberg was good for us and would have signed again with the team. Who is going to block shots for us now? Horton? I don't think so!

hmmm, Horton's last blocked shot was FROM Seidenberg!;)

Sexton didn't take any chances no surprise there, he only did the safe and obvious trades.

We need a hockey person not someone that was out of hockey until his buddy JM the GM found him on the streets only to take the pressure off of JM the coach who couldn't do both the GM and coaching job.

Clean out the front office, there are plenty of hockey people available that are running circles around the panthers. (by the way who is our assistant GM?) that is right no one.

Sexton admitted on one of the inside the panthers that when he watches a game he is watching the panther players and not the opponent.

If he cannot see all players while watching a game then what is he doing being a GM evaluating talent.

Seidenberg is good peeps. I'm glad he's going to a playoff team, and I'm glad that he would consider resigning here in the offseason. He didn't have to say that so i thought that was pretty cool.

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