Ex-Phantoms Reunited - Dennis Seidenberg Signed for 1.2 Million

Robert McGeeSenior Writer IJuly 7, 2008

The Carolina Hurricanes announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Dennis Seidenberg on a one-year contract worth $1.2 million. More info from the Hurricanes presser-

Seidenberg, 26, played in 47 of the Hurricanes’ 82 regular-season games in 2007-08, earning a career-high 15 assists and tying for third-best on the team with a plus-6 plus/minus rating. The Schwenningen, Germany, native has scored nine goals, earned 45 assists (54 points) and accumulated 76 penalty minutes in 225 NHL regular-season games with Philadelphia, Phoenix and Carolina over five seasons. The Flyers drafted Seidenberg (6’1”, 210 lbs.) in the sixth round, 172nd overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He has represented his native Germany in international competitions, including the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships, and the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

The blueliner previously earned 850K, so that’s not a bad raise for a player who only played in 47 games last year. But NHL defensemen are a commodity right now and Seidenberg has played pretty well when he has had the chance.

In an interesting twist, the signing reunites a pair of defensemen from the Philadelphia Phantoms AHL championship team of 2004-05. Joni Pitkanen also played on that squad.

Believe it or not, Seidenberg had better stats at the time.

  • Seidenberg GP 79 G 13 A 28 TP 41 +18
  • Pitkanen GP 76 G 6 A 35 TP 41 +9

Hopefully, the former team-mates can re-kindle the same mojo which helped the Phantoms to win the Calder Cup back during the lockout.

The signing gives the Canes eight defensemen currently under contract.

  1. Pitkanen
  2. Corvo
  3. Gleason
  4. Kaberle
  5. Wallin
  6. Babchuk
  7. Seidenberg
  8. Melichar

Tim Conboy and Casey Borer both have 2-way deals which means that they would start out in Albany if the team makes no other changes. But assumptions remain that either Frank Kaberle or Nic Wallin will be traded to the highest bidder and several teams seem interested.

Related

    Report: 'No Progress' Between Panarin, Blue Jackets

    NHL logo
    NHL

    Report: 'No Progress' Between Panarin, Blue Jackets

    Emily Sadler
    via Sportsnet.ca

    Pavelski Finishes 3rd at Celeb Golf Championship

    NHL logo
    NHL

    Pavelski Finishes 3rd at Celeb Golf Championship

    NHL.com
    via NHL.com

    Mbappe Donating World Cup Earnings to Charity

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Mbappe Donating World Cup Earnings to Charity

    Rory Marsden
    via Bleacher Report

    Railing at Brand-New Audi Field Hits D.C. United Sideline Reporter

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Railing at Brand-New Audi Field Hits D.C. United Sideline Reporter

    Yahoo
    via Yahoo