The Case for the Chicago Blackhawks to Trade Star Defenceman Brent Seabrook

July 16th, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

Brent Seabrook has been a foundation piece of the Chicago Blackhawks for three Stanley Cup wins. He averaged 26 minutes and 17 seconds of ice time per game in the team’s latest run and played in all situations.

The 6’3”, 220-pound right-shooting defenceman has carried a heavy load for the ‘Hawks and carried it well.

Yet the team and player alike are coming to a crossroads, and a parting of ways may be in the best interest of both parties. I am referring, of course, to the conclusion of Seabrook’s contract at the end of next season.

Seabrook’s current five-year deal was signed in February 2011 and kicked in beginning the next season. For a $5.8 million annual salary-cap hit, the Blackhawks secured one season of restricted free agency and four unrestricted years.’s Dan Rosen quoted Chicago general manager Stan Bowman at the time:

Brent is a very important member of our organization and we are looking forward to him being part of a core group that will be a contender for many years to come. We have been fortunate to have Br ...

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