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New York Islanders Daily: Dennis Seidenberg Signs Contract

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 27: Dennis Seidenberg #4 of the New York Islanders skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena on October 27, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 27: Dennis Seidenberg #4 of the New York Islanders skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena on October 27, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders gave Dennis Seidenberg a contract for the rest of the year. He has been on a PTO all year prior.

It’s been nearly a calendar year since the Dennis Seidenberg has played for the New York Islanders. After the season ended last year, it was assumed that the Islanders wouldn’t bring Seidenberg back.

Evidently, Seidenberg would return on a PTO. He remained on a PTO all year and would practice with the team when they were home. He didn’t have a contract, he essentially just practiced with the team during home stands.

Well, now Dennis Seidenberg just got $700,000 from the New York Islanders. That’s right, last night the Isles signed Seidenberg to a contract. Renaud Lavoie had it first saying that Seidenberg will have a contract for the first time all year.

I know it’s for depth and he will likely never play for the Islanders this year but I still hate the move. He’s 37 years old and was pretty awful the last time he did play at the NHL level. With Thomas Hickey ready to return they already have eight d-men they could use.

Leddy, Boychuk, Hickey, Pulock, Toews, Mayfield, Pelech, and Sbisa are all still going to be around. What’s the need for Seidenberg? Is winning a Stanley Cup eight years ago really that valuable? If it really became an emergency, I’d rather give Sebastian Aho a shot than the hockey corpse that is Dennis Seidenberg.

There comes a point in time when everyone’s career comes to an end. 2018 was that for Dennis Seidenberg and the Islanders should’ve let him walk away after that.

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