New York Islanders Dennis Seidenberg Announces Retriement
Dennis Seidenberg has announced that after 15 years in the NHL, two of those were spent with the New York Islanders.
Former New York Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has announced his retirement from the NHL. Speaking with German site EIS Hockey News, Seidenberg indicated that his shoulders and wrists are done after 15 years in the NHL.
(Big thanks to Google Translate for the assist in translating German for me.)
In two seasons with the New York Islanders (technically three if you count that 2018-19 PTO season), Seidenberg scored 27 points and picked up +16 rating.
He’s Got a Ring
Seidenberg came to the Islanders by way of free-agency. After the Bruins bought out two years of a four year $16 million deal, former GM Garth Snow picked up the veteran defenseman with a single year $1.25 million deal.
Picking up a veteran D-man in free agency was a tried-and-true Garth Snow move, but bringing in Seidenberg meant that then promising defenseman Ryan Pulock had to stay in the AHL a little longer. Things didn’t start off on the right foot between Seidenberg and the fans.
But Seidenberg turned things around pretty quickly. In his first 12 games with the Islanders, Seidenberg scored eight points. Things would obviously slow down, as the then 35-year-old scored an additional 16 points over 71 games.
His impact was less in the following year as he was limited to 28 games for the Islanders. That’s what happens when players get above 30, their impact on the game becomes less and less. Specifically if you played like Dennis Seidenberg did.
Throughout his career, Seidenberg was a tough hard-hitting defenseman. Between 2007 to 2018, Seidenberg only recorded two seasons with fewer than 100 hits. In both those seasons, he played fewer than 35 games.
A career where in 2011, Seidenberg was able to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup with the Boston Bruins. Stick tap to the Isles former defenseman, what a career he had. Congrats on the retirement, enjoy every minute of it. You deserved it.
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Seidenberg will now join the New York Islanders player development department. Good luck, Dennis!