Dennis Seidenberg
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Matt Di Giacomo

The New York Islanders are likely to invite Dennis Seidenberg to camp on a PTO to add a defensive veteran presence.

A depleted defensive core would do well by taking a gamble on an experienced defensive presence.

While the team hasn’t formally announced anything yet, it seems likely the 37-year-old veteran will join the team.

Seidenberg was given a 1-year deal by the New York Islanders in 2016 during the World Cup of Hockey during Team Europe’s impressive run. In his first 12 games with the Islanders, Seidenberg had four goals and eight points and finished the season with 22 points and a +25 rating.

The 2017-18 season, however, was not as kind to him. Serving largely as the seventh defenseman, Seidenberg played just 28 games and had five assists with a minus-nine rating.

Depleted as the Islanders defense currently is, a PTO for a reliable veteran can’t hurt. What does hurt is that this has been the only significant move on the blueline after such a porous season.

Aside from losing Calvin de Haan and re-signing Thomas Hickey, the Islanders did not make many changes to a young group they placed a lot of trust in.

Should Seidenberg be given a contract as well, it begs the question on whose job is lost based on that acquisition. The Islanders already have an excess of forwards with concern that it could leave players such as Kieffer Bellows or Josh Ho-Sang from the lineup.

For now, Seidenberg may have a chance to play what could be his last year in the NHL.

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.