According to various sources, including boston.com, nesn.com, and tsn.ca, the Bruins have inked defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a 4 year, 13 million dollar contract extension. The contract carries a 3.25 annual cap hit. Seidenberg was acquired from the Florida Panthers at the trade deadline for Craig Weller, Byron Bitz and a 2010 second round pick. He scored two goals and added seven assists in 17 games for the Bruins.
*Tomas Kaberle’s no-trade clause is set to expire, and Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke is ready to deal him, according to Sportsnet.ca. One of the Sabres’ biggest needs is a power-play defenseman, and Kaberle fits that description.
Just hours before the Blackhawks took on the Flyers in Game 3 here Wednesday night, the league’s general managers met in a downtown hotel and then raced to the Wachovia Center to watch the Stanley Cup Finals.
They discussed, of course, toughening penalties on head shots, and pondered other rules like the idiotic trapezoid, and the popular shootout that’s become much more prevalent than they imagined.
“We never thought there would be this many,” said Toronto GM Brian Burke. “The fans like it and we’re glad the fans like it, but it’s a skill game not a hockey game.
When the Bruins held their exit meetings and annual “break-up day” on May 18, four days after they suffered their heartbreaking Game 7 loss to the Flyers, veteran leader Mark Recchi surprisingly declined to address the media. Recchi , who routinely faced the music with the media through thick and thin during his last two seasons in Boston and throughout his career, met with Peter Chiarelli that day before heading out the door, beginning what has already been a long offseason of woulda’s, coulda’s and what if’s for the future Hall of Famer and the Bruins. Speaking by phone from his offseason home in Pittsburgh, the 42-year-old veteran told NESN.com that his emotions were simply too raw in the immediate aftermath of the devastating loss — one that he said was one of the toughest losses of his storied career. Despite leading the team with six goals in 13 playoff games, Recchi was having a tough time dealing with the reality of being part of just the fourth blown 3-0 series lead in the history of professional sports, and he simply wasn’t in the mood to rehash the season with the media.