Last month’s firing of GM Peter Chiarelli made it abundantly clear that, after missing the playoffs, the Boston Bruins are willing to make changes.
Dennis Seidenberg, though, doesn’t want to be one of them.
“I want to stay,” Seidenberg said on Monday night, per CSNNE. “There’s no question about it. I like it here. I like the people. I like the fans, the city.”
Seidenberg, 33, has three years left on a four-year, $16 million deal and is armed with a no-trade clause, so it’s not like he’s entirely movable. But he is a veteran defenseman with a relatively low cap hit, on a Bruins team that might be looking to get younger after a series of missed draft picks. Seidenberg also has a wealth of playoff experience — 69 for his career — which could be enticing for a contending team looking to upgrade on defense; what’s more, the B’s face another summer of salary cap limbo with new deals required for RFAs Dougie Hamilton, Brent Connolly and Ryan Spooner.
And, of course, missing the playoffs still looms over the entire organization.
“Some organizations are less patient than others,” Seidenberg said, in referencing trade rumors. “You never know. You really don’t know. You’ll just see what happens.
“People expect big things from you, and if you don’t bring it then they’re on you.”