Dennis Seidenberg is getting back surgery today, putting him out 8 weeks. I’ve seen a lot of Bruins fans on the internet freak out over this, and it’s clear that they have no idea who Dennis Seidenberg is as a player anymore.
Seids is no better than a 5th or 6th defenseman now, and 5th is probably pushing it. While his stats show that he was actually better last year than his shortened season the year before, he still had awful corsirel numbers and is nowhere near the player he was in 2011. But it still might seem like a stretch for me to say that it’s a good thing for the Bruins that he got injured. Well, it actually is for 2 reasons.
First, it’ll give Claude Julien and Don Sweeney a full 6 or so weeks of game action to see some unproven guys get more minutes. They can come to a quick judgement about how good their overall defensive corp is, although I could save them a lot of time by telling them “It’s really bad.”
Secondly and more importantly, Seidenberg’s $4 million cap hit can now go on LTIR for a little while. Unfortunately it will not help for before the season, as the Marc Savard contract taught us that all salary stays on the books no matter what until the day the season starts, but once the campaign has begun, Seids contract is off the books until he’s back.
He’ll probably miss $15-20 games, which means that up to a million dollars will be saved through the LTIR provision. That doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but the Bruins have no way of winning the Stanley Cup this year without a great showing at the trade deadline. None. And given that the trade deadline is pro-rated in terms of the amount of money you can take on, the Bruins can take in way more than a million for that extra million that’s opened up at this point in the season. Those extra dollars will come in handy if Don Sweeney is to get the blue line back in good shape after how it is now – abysmal. And if you’re thinking that having Seidenberg on the ice is worth that loss of $1 million on the salary cap books, then you’re forgetting that we’re not talking about 2011 Dennis Seidenberg anymore.