Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, an unrestricted free agent, likely will not be playing for the Canes next season, general manager Jim Rutherford said today.
"Based on my conversation with his agent, and where they think he's at, he's a long way out of our reach," Rutherford said.
Seidenberg, 28, had career highs in games played (70), goals (5), assists (25) and points (30) this past season. He led the team and tied for 17th in the NHL in blocked shots with 160, and ranked third on the team in average ice time per game (22:19).
Seidenberg, traded to Carolina from the Phoenix Coyotes in January 2007, made $1.2 million last season.
At one point, in discussing his defensemen, Rutherford said, "With Seidenberg not coming back ..."
Told his comment sounded definitive on Seidenberg, Rutherford said, "It appears that way."