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Bruins acquire Seidenberg - 03-03-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Another Panthers defenseman on the move.

The Bruins acquired defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (right) from the Panthers along with defensive prospect Matthew Bartkowski in exchange for forwards Craig Weller, Byron Bitz and a second-round pick.

Seidenberg, 28, has 23 points (two goals, 21 assists) and is a minus-3 in 62 games. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Bartkowski, a native of Pittsburgh, was a seventh-round pick of the Panthers in 2008. He is currently in his sophomore season at Ohio State.

Bitz, 25, has nine points (four goals, five assists) in 45 game this season. He is scheduled to become a restricted free agent after 2010-11. He has a salary cap hit of $688,000.

Weller, 28, has spent the entire season with Providence of the AHL. In 55 games, he has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists).

EN Says: Nice move for both teams. After the Derek Morris move, the Bruins needed a solid No. 4 or 5 defensman to fill those minutes. Seidenberg is more responsible in his own end than Morris so he'll play a different game.

For the Panthers, they're turning a player they picked off the scrap heap in the preseason and turning him into assets which can benefit them in the future. Bitz is a banger and crasher who brings energy. He's an ideal fourth-line type who will work hard in the high traffic areas and will fight on occasion.

(Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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