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Bruins get Dennis Seidenberg from Florida

The Bruins have traded Byron Bitz, Craig Weller, and a 2nd rounder (2010 pick from Tampa Bay according TSN's Bob McKenzie) to the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and Matthew Bartkowski.

Bruins Get:

Dennis Seidenberg



Jul 18, 1981

G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Dennis Seidenberg 2 21 23 -3 33

Matthew Bartkowski



Jun 04, 1988

Panthers Get:

Byron Bitz

Boston Bruins



Jul 21, 1984

G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Byron Bitz 4 5 9 -9 31


Craig Weller



Mar 17, 1981

2010 2nd Round Pick (from Tampa Bay from the Mark Recchi trade)

I think Dennis Seidenberg is an upgrade over Derek Morris, especially when you consider that Seidenberg makes $2.25 million compared to Morris' $3.3 million. He currently leads the NHL with 179 blocked shots. That's a lot of rubber and black and blues. Seidenberg is a guy that can move the puck, but isn't really an offensive threat. He isn't a very physical player, but he plays a sound defensive game.

I honestly don't know much about Bartkowski. According to Hockey's Future, the 6'1" 203 lb defenseman has a good shot from the point and can hit hard. He is currently a sophomore at Ohio State, where he has 4-12-16 totals in 34 games to go along with 87 PIMs.

I liked the energy that Byron Bitz brought (especially last season), but he was a non-factor for the Bruins for most of this season.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on this morning's moves: