Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg may still be looking for a team to play for, but he has found a team to work out with for now: the Hurricanes.
Seidenberg, an unsigned free agent, was at the RecZone today, in a Canes sweater, taking part in the informal workout. And appearing a bit antsy.
"I was told in free agency it could take a while and just to stay patient," Seidenberg said. "I did for a while. Lately I've been calling more often just asking what's going on.
"It's now 10 to 12 days before (training) camp. Not to have a team is worrisome. That's the nature of the game and the business."
Seidenberg earned $1.2 million last year with the Canes and is believed to initially have asked for more than $3 million a year in a new contract. An unrestricted free agent, he wouldn't discuss the financial specifics but said he would "have stayed for less" than the asking price to re-sign with the Canes.
"My agent tells me what I'm worth and I kind of feel the same way," he said. "And once the (Canes) added Aaron (Ward) I kind of figured that they had replaced me."
Seidenberg said there is interest from a couple of teams, without naming them. Word has it the Florida Panthers may be a possibility, which would keep Seidenberg in the Southeast Division.
Seidenberg, who received permission from Canes captain Rod Brind'Amour to work out at the RecZone, was one of the last to leave the ice.
"I was hoping I was coming back here," he said. "Yesterday I was driving into Raleigh and I really liked the place. I wished I could stay here instead of packing up, but that's how it works out."