2011-12 Boston Bruins Player Report Cards: Dennis Seidenberg

TAMPA, FL - MAY 19: Dennis Seidenberg #44 and Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins defend their goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at St Pete Times Forum on May 19, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)



Deutschland's finest, Dennis Seidenberg is as consistent as a defenceman as there is. He doesn't put up flashy numbers, but what he brings in intangibles is beyond what statistics can show. Seidenberg had another solid season for the Bruins this past season and was one of the few players on the team that didn't seem to feel the effects of their prior Stanley Cup run.

An unexpected highlight of Seidenberg's season was when he dropped the gloves with Colby Armstrong. Armstrong gave Seigenberg a shot into the boards halfway through a game against Toronto on March 6, 2012. The hit was borderline dirty and Seidenberg took exception to it. Adam McQuaid of course, was ready to jump in and show Armstrong his appreciation for the hit on his teammate, however Seidenberg decided he wanted a piece. This was only the sixth fight in Seidenberg's NHL career and he clearly took the win in this one. The two scuffled for a while until Seidenberg connects with an uppercut and then starts dropping the hammer until Armstrong fell to the ice.

Another high point of the season for Seidenberg was his overtime game winner against Phoenix on December 28, 2011. The Bruins won a close 2-1 game with just under a minute into overtime Seidenberg shot the game winner past goalie Jason LaBarbera with Chris Kelly screening in front. Seidenberg only had five goals all season, but two proved to be game winners. It is hard to imagine with the 174 shots on goal and reasonable amount of power play time that he is not putting up more goals. He has a hard shot and sees enough opportunity to score more goals, it just doesn't seem to happen. It wouldn't be much to expect at least ten goals out of him, especially with the high ice time he logs every game.

Seidenberg is an above average defensive defenceman and an average at best offensive defenceman, While he does his job keeping the puck out of his goalie's net with his smart and consistant play, he still should have more to offer in the offensive zone. It may not have helped that he played with Joe Corvo for a greater part of the season, but once again when paired with Zdeno Chara in the playoff they were a wall in front of Tim Thomas. Dennis Seidenberg has been a key piece in the Bruins success the past couple of years and once again they will heavily rely on him in front of Tuukka Rask this upcoming season.

Grade B+

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