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Bruins give Seidenberg 4-year deal

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a contract extension yesterday, rewarding the defensemen that twice helped them reach the Stanley Cup finals with $16 million over the next four years.

The team announced the deal between periods of its opening night game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“He’s been one of our core guys since we got him,” General Manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters. “’D’ like Dennis are hard to find. The way that he plays, it’s hard to find.”

The deal, which has an average cap value of $4 million, would keep Seidenberg in Boston through the 2017-18 season. Chiarelli said this week that signing Seidenberg was the organization’s top priority.

In 10 NHL seasons, plus one game, Seidenberg has 34 goals and 154 assists. As Zdeno Chara’s partner on the Bruins’ No. 1 defensive pairing, Seidenberg helped Boston win the Stanley Cup in 2011.

Seidenberg was sixth in the NHL in blocked shots and was third among defensemen with a plus-18 last season, when the Bruins returned to the finals, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

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