January 16, 2018 | 10:50am ET
BLACKHAWKS AREN'T INTERESTED IN MOVING SEABROOK
Brent Seabrook, defenceman
There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the future of Brent Seabrook in Chicago, but the Blackhawks have zero intension of trading him.
As reported by Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is not interested in even exploring the possibility of trading Seabrook, who also has a no-movement clause in his contract.
“I’m not looking down the road,” Bowman told the Sun-Times earlier in the season. “He brings a lot to the table. He’s a very important player on our team. I think if you were to talk to some of the guys on the team and ask them, his contributions go beyond just how many goals and assists he gets. He’s a leader. He’s a warrior. And he’s a very effective player for us. So I’m not concerned about his contract.”
Seabrook, 32, has six-years left on his contract after this season and comes with a $6.875 million salary cap hit.
Speculation sped up recently when Blackhawks head coach make Seabrook a healthy scratch last Tuesday, but as the Sun-Times notes, Seabrook is one of the team’s most trusted leaders and his success is weighed both on and off the ice.
“Whether things are going good or not so good for him personally, you would never know it because he’s always focused on getting the team going,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews told the paper. “Everybody has their ups and downs, and he does focus on himself to try to get his game together. But he’s such a great teammate and a great leader in this room. It was a shock not hearing him in that room [in Ottawa] since he’s been doing it for so long. He’s so durable, he just doesn’t miss any games.”
The Blackhawks are expected to look to add come the trade deadline and the blueline may be an area they look to improve upon, but moving Seabrook just isn’t happening.