February 4, 2019 | 6:24pm ET
SEABROOK DENIES NMC TALK, HAWKS TO TALK TO KEITH
Duncan Keith, defenceman
Brent Seabrook denied being approached about waiving his no-movement clause on Monday when asked by reporters about this week’s report.
On Saturday night, during the “Headlines” segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman reported the Blackhawks asked Seabrook about waiving his NMC and that the 33-year-old denied their request.
That, however, is news to Seabrook, he claims.
“Nope, I haven’t been approached by anybody,” he said. “I don’t know where the reports are coming from.”
Seabrook has five-years left on his contract after this season and owns a full NMC until the 2022-23 season when he can submit a five-team trade list; he can provide a 10-team trade list in the final-year of his deal.
“I guess I’m the last guy to know, I don’t know,” he said, half-jokingly. “I haven’t been approached or talked to about anything. It’s news to me.”
Seabrook added he hasn’t thought about waiving his NMC.
“I guess I’ll deal with that if that day comes, but my focus, right now, is to try and help this team get into the playoffs,” he said.
Friedman responded to Seabrook’s denial by offering a statement on Sportsnet’s website.
“I am very, very uncomfortable with being on the other side of Brent Seabrook on this,” said Friedman. “But I understand, at least once this season there was a conversation between team, player and agent about his future in Chicago. That’s all I can really say. At some point this season, it happened.”
While more to the story is sure to come out in the near future, it appears the Blackhawks are expected to speak with Seabrook’s teammate, Duncan Keith, about waiving his no-movement clause.
According to TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta, the Blackhawks are expected to speak with Keith “sometime early this week” about the possibility of waiving his no-movement clause.
TFP has also learned some teams, including the Edmonton Oilers, have expressed interest in Keith, though it’s unclear if those talks have progressed to the point where a deal is imminent. Asking Keith about his willingness to play elsewhere will factor in to any trade talks Chicago may already be having. If Keith is willing to waive his NMC for a specific destination, it would certainly speed up trade talks.
Keith, 35, has four-years left on his contract, which comes with a salary cap hit of just over $5.538 million.