The Bruins might be wise to explore trading Dennis Seidenberg this offseason. By all indications, they didn’t try it at the trade deadline.
Nick Kypreos speculated on Sportsnet last month that the Bruins were trying to dump Seidenberg in order to shed cap space before the trade deadline, but that was likely untrue. The Bruins never approached Seidenberg about waiving his no-trade clause and the team was not going to sell this season.
Still, it got Seidenberg’s attention.
“When your name pops up, you always think, but I hadn’t heard anything from here, which is the most important thing,” Seidenberg said Tuesday. “[The media’s] job is to write stuff and get conversation going, and people jump on that.”
Seidenberg is in the first year of a four-year, $16 million deal. He has a no-trade clause that he has said in the past he’d waive if the Bruins asked him to. His goal, however, is for it to not come to that.
“You can never feel safe no matter what ‘ if you have a no-trade clause or not,” the 33-year-old said. “That’s why you always want to play your guts out and try to do your best to make it as hard as possible for them to trade you.”
Even if a team in better playoff standing had traded for the veteran defenseman, Seidenberg said that he considers the Bruins to be in as good a shape for a deep run as anyone else.
“This is where I want to be,” Seidenberg said. “This is the team I want to be on. I never doubted that I was going to leave. We’re a very tight group, and we’re going to pick it up and we’re going to play solid hockey. We all want to and hopefully it will happen.”