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Bruins Announce 4-Year Contract Extension With Dennis Seidenberg

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Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Bruins and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

Seidenberg inked a four-year, $16-million deal with the Bruins that will keep him in Boston until 2018. His salary is worth an annual cap figure of $4 million.

The deal also has a no-trade clause, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

The 32-year-old Seidenberg was in the final year of a four-year, $13 million contract he signed with the Bruins after the 2010-11 season. The blue-liner was acquired by Boston in March 2010 from the Florida Panthers and has been a staple on their defense since.

“I think he’s been one of our core guys since we got him,” Bruins GM Peter Chairelli said of Seidenberg shortly after the deal was announced. “You hear me talk often about character guys; he’s definitely that, on and off the ice. He plays our style – heavy game, heavy game that we like. He’s been a warrior for us.”

“He’s 32, but we feel he’s in very good condition; keeps good care of himself and frankly he wanted to stay here so it was easier to get done for that reason,” said Chiarelli.

“Seids had been a real solid player for us, he does all the things a strong, hard-nosed defenseman has to do and he’s durable,” head coach Claude Julien said after Boston’s 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. “It’s nice to have those guys signed for longer terms and it gives us stability. If anything he deserves it for what he’s done for us.”

In his 12th NHL season, Seidenberg has registered registering 34 goals and 154 assists for 188 points with a plus-14 rating in 581 career games. Since joining the Bruins in 2009-10, the blueliner has accumulated 18 goals and 63 assists for 81 points with a plus-45 rating in 224 games.

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He led all Boston defensemen with a plus-18 in the 2012-13 regular season, averaging nearly 24 minutes of ice-time per game. Seidenberg has been very durable as well, missing just five regular season games over the last three seasons.

Seidenberg has been even more valuable in the postseason, paired with captain Zdeno Chara to form one of the most-feared defensive lines in hockey. When Boston won the Stanley Cup in 2011, Seidenberg was a plus-12 while averaging over 27 minutes of ice-time per game in the playoffs.

Tune in to Bruins-Lightning on Thursday night on 98.5 The Sports Hub — the flagship station of the Boston Bruins. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.!

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