Getting to know Seidenberg

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Dennis Seidenberg is probably best known to Bruins fans for a collision with Patrice Bergeron in October of 2008 that resulted in a concussion for Bergeron. Seidenberg was also a thorn in the Bruins’ side during their thrilling seven-game playoff loss to Carolina last season.

Now that he has been acquired by the Bruins from Florida in a deadline-day trade that sends Byron Bitz, the 2010 second-round pick the Bruins acquired from Tampa Bay and a minor leaguer to the Panthers, it’s time to learn more about the German-born blueliner.

“He’s a good guy and he’s a big, strong guy too,” said Bruins winger Marco Sturm, who just finished a stint as Seidenberg’s teammate on the German National Team at the 2010 Winter Olympics. “So I think he’s going to help us on the power play, too. He has a pretty good shot, a heavy shot and he blocks a lot of shots, too. He’s just a solid defenseman.”

While he leads the league in blocked shots with 179 and has produced a solid number of hits, Seidenberg hasn’t shown much offensive flair. With the Panthers this season, he scored just two goals. And last year with the Hurricanes he scored just five goals in 70 games.

“From what I know of him, he’s one of those guys that plays hard,” said coach Claude Julien after practice at Ristuccia Arena. “You guys probably know, he loves to block shots. He’s very physical, competes and has been known to be really good in the big games. He comes up big and I thought last year with Carolina, he was a pretty good defenseman. He didn’t back down from anything and he’s a guy that we look forward to having him in our lineup.”