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First Trade In: Dennis Seidenberg to Boston Bruins

Seidenberg The Panthers made their first deal on deadline day just before noon, sending pending free agent Dennis Seidenberg to the Boston Bruins for forwards Byron Bitz and Craig Weller.

Florida also sent the rights to d-man Matt Bartkowski (Ohio State) to the Bruins.

The Panthers also get another 2010 second round pick in the deal, getting the Boston pick it had previously acquired from Tampa Bay.

Bitz, a Cornell man, has four goals and five assists for the Bruins in 45 games. He has played in 80 career games. Bitz is 25 and from Saskatchewan. Bitz has a limited cap hit of $687K, is signed through next season and then is a restricted free agent.

Weller played 55 games for the Providence Bruins this season and is probably headed to Rochester, although who knows. He has four goals and 10 assists for the P-Bs this season.

Will have more on the new guys -- and we're talking to Dennis as he is headed back to Sunrise to get his stuff -- in the coming hour or so.

-- Keaton Ellerby has been recalled from Rochester and will be in the lineup tonight.

-- Pete DeBoer says Tomas Vokoun will start in goal tonight against the Flyers. Not a surprise there. But we'll see.

-- The Panthers had an optional skate today. DeBoer, and a lot of others, skipped. Florida had two defensemen, 10 forwards and both goalies on the ice for about 20 minutes. It was fun.