BOSTON -- Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli adressed Dennis Seidenberg's 4-year, $16 million extension during Thursday night's season opener at the TD Garden, calling the veteran defenseman a "warrior" that's "hard to find.
"He's been one of our core guys since we got him," said Chiarelli. "You hear me talk often about character guys. He's definitely that, on and off the ice. He plays our style, a heavy game, a heavy game that we like. He's been a warrior for us.
"D like Dennis are hard to find," he later added. "And I think he's been so good for us. Just the way that he plays, it's hard to find. We've got D and the depth in the pipe line that have bits and pieces of their game that play like that, but not the whole package."
Seidenberg sees the deal as a win-win for him and the B's.
"I think it's a deal that works out for both sides," Seidenberg said Thursday night after the 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. "I wanted to be here. They wanted me here. And both sides gave a little bit. I'm really happy to be here."
Chiarelli said that Seidenberg is in "super condition" to continue to play his "heavy minutes" that the team obviously is extremely fond of.
All of those factors made the negotiations go smoothly, according to the Bruins' GM. That and the fact that Seidenberg wanted to stay in Boston, and received a no-trade clause, made it a no-brainer.
"He's 32, but we feel like he's in very good condition," said Chiarelli. "He takes care of himself. And frankly, he wanted to stay here. So, it was easier to get done for that reason.
"At the end of the day, we wanted to keep him, and Dennis wanted to stay here," Chiarelli said. "He probably gave up some money, but the risk is, that, going to the free market, the market could go in a different direction or something like that."
Bruins coach Claude Julien is happy that Seidenberg will be around for a while.
"I think Peter's doing a great job of securing a lot of our core group, and [Seidenberg] has been a real solid player for us," Julien said after the game Thursday night. "He does all the things that a strong hard-nosed defenseman has to do. He's pretty durable and reliable. So it's nice to have those guys signed for longer terms. And it just gives us stability, and I think, if anything, he certainly deserves it for what he's done for us since he's been here.
The Seidenberg extension was first reported by TSN's Darren Dreger.