Islanders oblige Seidenberg until end of season
Surprise at the end of the transfer period: National player Dennis Seidenberg has received another contract from the New York Islanders. The 37-year-old, who has been a permanent training guest with the New Yorkers since the start of the season, has been signed up until the end of the season.
Seidenberg’s commitment gives the Islanders’ squad more depth. However, the chance that the veteran will be able to add more to his previous 928 NHL games (main round and play-offs) will probably not be too great. His commitment is mainly a safeguard in case one or more regular defenders of Headcoach Barry Trotz should injure themselves.
The 2011 Stanley Cup winner is the Islanders’ third German in the squad alongside goalkeeper Thomas Greiss and striker Tom Kühnhackl.
Seidenberg’s engagement fell at the end of the transfer period in the NHL, players called after that time are not eligible in the play-offs. Several contenders for the Stanley Cup used the Monday to rearm their squad for the fight for the coveted trophy. A total of 36 players changed teams in 23 swaps on Trading Deadline Day.
Nashville hooks up Granlund and Simmonds
In the transfer phase, the most notable changes were strikers Mark Stone (Ottawa Senators to Vegas Golden Knights), Kevin Hayes (New York Rangers to Winnipeg Jets), Wayne Simmonds (Philadelphia Flyers to Nashville Predators) and Mikael Granlund (Minnesota Wild to Nashville Predators).