On Wednesday, general manager Peter Chiarelli said that signing Dennis Seidenberg was “pretty high” on his agenda. And 24 hours later, the Bruins had inked the defenseman to a four-year, $16 million contract extension with a no-trade clause.
“I think he’s been one of our core guys since we got him,” Chiarelli said. “You hear me talk often about character guys. He’s definitely that, on and off the ice.
“He plays our style, heavy game. Heavy game that we like. He’s been a warrior for us.”
Seidenberg made it clear that he wanted to remain in Boston, a place where he is comfortable, and the Bruins wanted the same, making the negotiation relatively smooth. He got the no-trade protection he wanted, with a full no-trade for the first 2½ years, and partial protection thereafter. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.