With the NHL season coming around the corner, the Detroit Red Wings are still in a search on finding a veteran defenseman. Seidenberg is a veteran and would most likely receive just a one-year deal worth anywhere near a mil or two.
Now, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, came out and said that “the Wings contacted the Anaheim Ducks before the 2016 NHL Draft in June about puck-moving defenseman Cam Fowler.” Well, the Ducks are not going to move the amazing Cam Fowler unless it is a deal that they cannot refuse.
Interestingly, that shows that Detroit is in need of a defender. You can save future draft picks and prospects by just going out into the free agency market and end up picking up 35-year-old Seidenberg.
In addition, the veteran defender has had a pretty good career, but it kicked off at a faster rate when he joined the Boston Bruins back in the middle of the 2009-2010 season. He lasted seven years in Boston where he became a fan favorite. He made one All-Star team and his only one in his career back in the 2012-2013 season as a Bruin.
In addition, he has scored 39 career goals with 185 assists for a total of 224 points in 758 games played. He spent his career with five different teams (Bruins, Flyers, Hurricanes, Coyotes, Panthers). Now, he was never an offensive defenseman before he arrived in Boston, he only had 16 career goals between four teams, but when he arrived in Boston, he was joining a powerhouse team that had goal scorers, so that opened him up for more shots, which 23 shots landed in the back of the net.
Also, Seidenberg knows how to lay down the hammer on opponents. He loves hitting people, which fits what the Red Wings look at when acquiring a defenseman. He does not get tired and thrives on the ice when he plays longer, as in Boston, he averaged a total ice time of 22 minutes and 35 seconds (22:35).
Finally, the left-handed defender would most likely be paired with one of the other veterans if the coach wants more defense or with one of the young offensive-minded defenders, which will let the coach breathe knowing he has a nice veteran tactician hanging in the defensive zone. He is definitely will be a part of the penalty kill.