Dennis Seidenberg recently recalled the anxiety he was feeling in the fall of 2009 during a chat with unsigned veteran defenseman Ryan Whitney.

Now a fixture with the Boston Bruins Seidenberg was coming off a solid 70-game 30-point campaign with the Carolina Hurricanes but found himself still looking for work.

"Back then I had a good year in Carolina and thinking I was going to sign first day [of free agency] and nothing happened until the first week into camp" said Seidenberg who eventually earned a deal with the Florida Panthers and then was traded to Boston in the course of the 2009-10 season. "That feeling sitting on the couch at home not having a contract is the worst in the world. So I'm in a different position and hopefully it'll work out."

Seidenberg who played in teammate Milan Lucic's Rock and Jock charity softball game on Thursday night is in a different position this season because he's entering the final year of the four-year contract he signed with the Bruins in June 2010. That summer despite an injury that ended his season prior to the Bruins' journey into the Stanley Cup Playoffs Boston and Seidenberg's camp wanted to get a deal done before the start of free agency.
So far Seidenberg has been worth every penny of that $13 million contract. Some would even say he's been underpaid and it'll be interesting to see what the market garners for Seidenberg or what the Bruins decide he's worth. For the veteran from Germany the key will be not worrying about anything beyond the upcoming season.

"It's about playing your game and playing to your best and whatever happens after that. I mean you just try to play your best and not to think about your contract. I think it's always hindering you or it's making you think and that's what you don't want" Seidenberg said.

In his first full season in Boston Seidenberg skated in all but one regular season game and every postseason game during the Bruins' run to the 2011 Stanley Cup championship. Following his 32-point regular season he contributed 11 more in the playoffs and was plus-12 for the title drive. He averaged two seconds fewer played per game (27:37) than Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and with him helped form a championship-worthy shutdown pair.