Seidenberg has retired from professional hockey, EISHockeyNews.de reports.
Seidenberg signed a contract with the Islanders in late February, but ended up never suiting up for the team. The 38-year-old blueliner will retire having racked up 44 goals and 251 points during an NHL career that spanned 15 years and six different teams.
Seidenberg has yet to play a game with the Islanders despite signing a contract Feb. 26.
Under the best of circumstances, Seidenberg was unlikely to play for the Islanders, as he was no better than the team's eighth defenseman, and that was before the team called up Devon Toews and saw how well he could play. Seidenberg will be 38 years of age this summer and if he wishes to continue his NHL career, it will likely be with a team other than the Islanders.
Seidenberg signed a contract for the rest of the season with the Islanders on Sunday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Seidenberg had been on a PTO and has been practicing with the Isles all season long. The contract means that he will continue to provide the Isles with a veteran defenseman insurance policy, but the veteran is unlikely to play unless several injuries bog down the team's defense corps.
Although Seidenberg has yet to play a game this season for the Islanders, he is still skating with the team on a regular basis.
The Islanders have kept Seidenberg around, either as insurance in case they were to suffer several injuries in a short period of time or as a favor so that he can stay in shape in case another team comes calling.
Seidenberg has been a healthy scratch for each and every game this season for the Islanders.
Seidenberg has been the definition of a "break glass in case of emergency" player. At this point, it would seem the only way he gets into a game is if the Islanders were to lose two defensemen during the morning skate and not have any time to recall someone from Bridgeport of the AHL.
Seidenberg still hasn't played a game this season.
Seidenberg is practicing with the team, but when the Islanders have needed a defensemen, they have gone with Luca Sbisa or top prospect Devon Toews from the AHL. Seidenberg may have already played his last game for the Islanders.
Seidenberg still hasn't played a game for the Islanders this season.
Seidenberg was in training camp with the Islanders as insurance against injury and signed his latest professional tryout contract on Nov. 2. Nothing has changed, however, and Seidenberg would likely need at least one if not two injuries to fellow defenders in order to be signed by the Islanders and get into a game.
Seidenberg has signed a professional tryout contract with the Islanders, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Seidenberg signed a similar deal with the Islanders during training camp, but he was unable to secure an Opening Night roster spot with the club. The veteran blueliner would likely need to put on an impressive display if there's to be a chance for him to stick around beyond the tryout.
The Islanders released Seidenberg from his professional tryout offer Wednesday, TSN reports.
The 37-year-old blueliner will likely have a tough time landing a spot with another NHL club, so he may have to head overseas in order to continue his playing career.
Seidenberg has signed a PTO with the Islanders, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Seidenberg spent last season with the Islanders, suiting up in 28 games and recording five points -- all assists. The 37-year-old has quickly gone from everyday defender to roster depth, and will only rarely see the ice if he converts this PTO into a full-time contract.
Seidenberg, who is currently an unrestricted free agent, participated in an informal skate with the Islanders on Thursday, Arthur Staple of The Athletic New York reports.
The German spent the past two seasons with the Isles, adding five goals and 22 assists over 101 games. Given that Seidenberg is 37 years old, it's safe to deduce that he's drawing close to retirement, but his presence at the informal skate suggests that he's at least contemplating playing at least one more season. Still, there hasn't been any official word that he's signed a PTO with New York.
Seidenberg will suit up for Team Germany in the World Championships next month, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
The 36-year-old played in 28 games for the Islanders this year, bouncing in-an-out of the lineup for most of the season. He registered just five assists and a minus-9 rating. The World Championships will start up in May and Seidenberg should play an important role on the team's blue line.
Seidenberg will be a healthy scratch Saturday evening when the Islanders play host to the Blackhawks.
The blueliner from West Germany reportedly will be replaced by Brandon Davidson, who has put an undisclosed issue behind him after a three-game layoff. Seidenberg, who qualifies as a journeyman, had no trouble posting 20-plus points in his prime, but now he's 36 years old and it seems his sights are solely set on delivering hits and blocked shots -- he's up to 55 and 39 of those, respectively, in 24 games this season.
Seidenberg hasn't played in the last 10 games.
He has only played in 22 games for the Islanders this season and has only accumulated five assists during those contests. He was brought in as veteran insurance, but head coach Doug Weight has opted more often than not to go with his young defenders over Seidenberg. He will probably be looking for a new home next season.
Seidenberg was a healthy scratch for the fifth time in the last seven games Monday versus Minnesota.
Seidenberg has only played 22 games this season and has only five assists and no goals. He is an emergency defenseman for the Isles who only plays when there is a late injury or if coach Doug Weight believes one of his younger defenders needs a game off.
Seidenberg has only played three games this calendar year and has been a healthy scratch in seven of the past eight Islanders games.
One might have thought that with injuries to Johnny Boychuk (lower body) and Calvin de Haan (shoulder), Seidenberg would've have seen an increase in playing time. That has not been the case, however, as coach Doug Weight has preferred to use younger defenders like Ryan Pulock and Sebastian Aho. It looks like Seidenberg will only be used when a starting defender needs a day off or when a late injury occurs before the team can call up another defender from the AHL.
Seidenberg collected two assists, four hits and a blocked shot Thursday in a 6-4 road loss to the Flyers.
This was the second multi-assist performance for Seidenberg this season, but he's having a tough time drawing into the lineup these days let alone impressing fantasy owners with his offensive binges. Generally, a good starting point in searching for a fantasy defender is making sure he skates at least 20 minutes per game; the German doesn't check that box.
Seidenberg will be a spectator in Thursday night's home game against the Ducks.
Islanders coach Doug Weight wants to plug Thomas Hickey into the lineup, so Seidenberg draws the short straw here. He's accustomed to the part-time role, which is detrimental to his fantasy prospects. Indeed, with only three assists through 13 games, Seidenberg can be safely passed over in virtually any fantasy format.
Seidenberg, who's been a frequent spectator this season, will play in Saturday's game against the Bruins, his former team, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Seidenberg reportedly will replace Scott Mayfield, but don't expect heavy playing time for the former. In fact, he's only drawn into 10 games this season with 17:47 of average ice time.
Seidenberg has only drawn into the lineup in seven of the Islanders' first 17 games this season.
This should not come as a surprise to anyone, as Seidenberg was re-signed during the summer as veteran insurance for the Islanders defense. He has two assists, is a minus-3, and averages just under 18 minutes of ice time when he does play, but he will continue to be a healthy scratch more often than not.