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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.''