Seidenberg, 32, is in his fourth year of a four-year, $13 million contract with the Bruins.
“It’s pretty high,” Chiarelli said. “We’ve had discussions and we’ll figure something out there.”
The Bruins acquired Seidenberg via trade with the Florida Panthers on March 3, 2010 and he’s been a staple on Boston’s blue line since his arrival. He wants stability for his career and his family, and believes the sides can reach an agreement soon because he wants to remain a Bruin.
“Very much,” he said. “This is where everything took off for me and things have gone well so far. I want to stay here for a period of time and I think this is the best place to play hockey and hopefully we can get it done soon.”
Rask, who signed an eight-year deal worth $56 million this summer, would like to see one of his best defenseman remain in Boston for the long term.
“He’s a solid D-man,” Rask said. “He’s got that offensive ability, too. He can do whatever out there. He’s an all-around D-man. We’ve played together for a couple of years now, so I think it’s important to keep that defensive core there because it helps my job.”