TORONTO — While Dennis Seidenberg looks to help topple Canada in the World Cup of Hockey final, he won’t have to worry about his job prospects for the 2016-17 NHL season any longer.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger and Newsday’s Arthur Staple, the 35-year-old Seidenberg has signed a one-year, $1 million deal to join the New York Islanders’ blue line.
With Johnny Boychuk dealing with an injury, Seidenberg’s presence will provide depth for the Islanders. A handful of teams were reportedly interested in his services but were waiting until the World Cup’s conclusion before talking deal. GM Garth Snow apparently didn’t feel like waiting.
Seidenberg, who preferred a contract over a PTO, spoke to the media on Wednesday minutes before the news broke and hinted a deal was coming.
“I’m playing in a tournament with the best players in the world, having success so far, so hopefully when this is done something is going to happen,” he said. “I’m pretty positive something will happen.”
Seidenberg played 61 games last season before being bought out by the Boston Bruins in June. He was one of two Team Europe defenders entering the tournament without a contract along with Christian Ehrhoff.
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