Panthers sign UFA defenseman Dennis Seidenberg

TSN announced this morning that Florida has inked free agent Dennis Seidenberg to a one-year, $2.25M deal, squeaking it through just in time for the exhibition season. The former Philadelphi sixth-round pick spent the past two-plus seasons with Carolina, recording career-highs in goals (5), assists (25), points (30), ppg (2), ppa (9), gp (70), pim (37), and shots (129). Guess we can safely call it a career year. He previously played alongside current Cats Keith Ballard and Steve Reinprecht with Phoenix, and Cory Stillman in Raleigh.

And his #4 is so far available.

A lock for top-six placement, Seidenberg's appearance almost certainly negates the need for a Christian Backman and likely Martin Skoula as well. The defense is now shaping up as such:

If not spectacular, it's definitely got potential, and regardless of your thoughts on departed Jay Bouwmeester, Nick Boynton, Jassen Cullimore, or Karlis Skrastins, this is a respectable clan. Not in an explosive-scoring style, but responsible in their own end and able to move the puck quickly for the all-important breakout pass so vital to Pete DeBoer's offensive strategy.

Who's in line for the seventh spot? This signing puts a dent in the plans of more than one hopeful: Keaton Ellerby, Jason Garrison, and Dmitry Kulikov just found their climb up the ladder had a new rung installed above them.

Welcome to the party, Dennis.

Thanks to Evan at Facebook for the tip.

Like the signing?

Yes...another valuable addition57
No...overpriced and stats are nothing to crow about14