The Florida Panthers defensive corps have gone through quite an overhaul, throughout the 2009-10 off-season. The off-season began with the loss of star defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, but continued with the losses of solid defensemen Nick Boynton, Karlis Skrastins and Jassen Cullimore. The Panthers main focus this off-season shifted to the blue-line.
With the losses of these key defensemen the Panthers countered with the signings of Jordan Leopold, Ville Koistenen and most recently Denis Seidenberg. The recent acquisition of Seidenberg brings a solid two way defenseman to the Panthers blue-line. Seidenberg is a mobile defenseman, who if given playing time can put up points. In his first full season as a Carolina Hurricane Seidenberg tallied 30 points, five being goals.
Seidenberg is also a relatively responsible defenseman, but could improve on his stay at home ability. He was a positive contributor in the Hurricanes 2008-09 playoff run, as he put up six points in 16 games.
The eight year pro will be heavily relied on to tally solid minutes for the Panthers, as Bryan McCabe is no longer a 25 minute per night defenseman, and Bryan Allen is coming off knee surgery.
The Panthers defense may not be as talented as it was last season, but in no way will it be the driving force behind a possible ninth season in a row, without a playoff berth.
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