Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has had a nice relaxing summer spending time with family in southern Florida and now on the Jersey Shore before he and his family head back to Boston soon to send the kids back to school, and hopefully for Seidenberg and the Bruins, start training camp. The NHL and NHLPA are currently negotiating on a new collective bargaining agreement with the current one set to expire September 15.
“It’s been a great summer and I’ve had fun with my family but I think I and everyone on the team wants to be playing come September and October,” Seidenberg told ESPNBoston.com. “We’re hopeful something gets done by the deadline.”
The NHL submitted its first proposal almost a month ago and in the words of NHLPA Executive Donald Fehr, the players were less than “enamored” with it. The NHLPA is expected to submit a counterproposal by Friday or early next week as the two sides try to get going on the major sticking points. But for now Seidenberg will continue his training regimen and enjoy the last days of summer.
“I’ve been training really hard again this summer and obviously with the early start compared to last year, even longer,” Seidenberg said. “I feel really good. Better than last year and probably better than I felt for a while now. I was happy with the season I had and want to build off that again.”
That has to be music to Bruins fans’ ears after watching Seidenberg average 24:02 minutes on ice per game in the regular season and 26:42 in the playoffs. In the 2011 Stanley Cup run, Seidenberg made a name for himself as one of the best shut down defensemen in the NHL and he kept that reputation alive and well in the Bruins’ first-round playoff loss to Washington. But he believes he can be even better.
“I take pride in that and that’s why I work so hard in the offseason,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to next season and making my game even better.”
But while he has had a productive and pleasant summer at the beach, the German rearguard did admit that the beginning of summer wasn’t too enjoyable. Unlike some of his teammates who tune out hockey once their season is over, Seidenberg is a fan of a game and couldn’t help watching the rest of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs after he and his teammates were eliminated. He also couldn’t help but wonder what might have been had the Bruins not been upset by the Capitals, ending their bid to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
“It was really hard to watch and wonder what if we get by Washington,” Seidenberg said. “But I love watching and the playoffs is just so fun so I watched a lot of games.”
One thing Seidenberg noticed was that the new Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings, won the Cup in very similar fashion to the Bruins in 2011. The Kings, backed by the goaltending of Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick, used their depth and physicality and scored timely goals en route to the Cup.
“They roll four lines like us and they’re a heavy team,” Seidenberg pointed out. “They make sure to use their body and are just relentless out there. That’s how we won the Cup and if we can play that way consistently again, we’ll have success. It’s definitely the winning style now and we have that if we want it.”
Spend a day with Seidenberg
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