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Islanders sign Dennis Seidenberg for some reason

Wait. Hold up. He never played for the Devils. What the...?

Boston Bruins v New York Islanders

Per Darren Dreger, Arthur Staple and few others this afternoon, the Islanders have agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who was recently bought out by the Boston Bruins.

The 35-year old is currently playing for Team Europe in the World Cup of Hockey Finals. So add him to the list of current and former Islanders property making up that team’s roster.

It’s not a surprise that the Islanders have decided to add a veteran defenseman, not because they necessarily need one but because it’s kinda what they do. Last year it was Marek Zidlicky, who in fairness wasn’t a disaster. At least Seidenberg isn’t a former New Jersey Devil, the Islanders’ usual one-stop-shop for old hockey players looking for just one more year in the NHL.

Guess it’ll be a little while longer for guys like Scott Mayfield to get more experience. Gotta sign that injury prone 35-year-old with the 48% Corsi For over the last three seasons instead.

If he truly is a spot player and is used effectively in a reduced role for less than half the season (or not at all if he proves to be a liability), then Seidenberg isn’t the worst idea the Islanders have ever had. But given the coaching staff’s predilection for playing ineffective veterans long past their sell-by dates, he could become an issue as the season wears on. The last guy who fit that description signed with Winnipeg this offseason.

The real question is, does Seidenberg like football?