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Goodbye #ProjectBrookbank

By Keith Schultz

Dec 10, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman

Sheldon Brookbank

(17) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Stars 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

#ProjectBrookbank has been terminated.

Sheldon Brookbank has waited all summer long for the Blackhawks to make salary cap room for him, but with the summer coming to a close Brookbank has decided to move on from the Blackhawks and except a tryout with the Calgary Flames.

Brookbank’s time with the Hawks has been an interesting ride.  Brookbank and Michal Rozsival signed as free agents with the Blackhawks before the lockout began in 2012 and they were both part of a rotation during the great 2013 Blackhawks season which included a record-setting point streak to start a season.

Brookbank didn’t play in the 2013 playoffs except for one which was the Duncan Keith suspension game in Los Angeles that included a Game #4 road win.

Brookbank became #ProjectBrookbank in the fall of 2013 when Joel Quenneville for some crazy reason started playing Brookbank at forward to teach Jeremy Morin a lesson.  Granted Brookbank would only play a couple shifts while Patrick Kane would take his shifts.  Brookbank isn’t even close to the skill set of say Dustin Byfuglien who could play both defense and offense yet the Hawks were winning so no matter how frustrating for fans it stuck for a while.

Later Brookbank would be in a rotation of D-men with Rozsival, Mike Kostka or even David Rundblad but when the playoffs began it was business as usual with Rozsival getting all the starts next to Nick Leddy and Brookbank sitting in the pressbox even though it was Brookbank whose game was in better shape.

When Brent Seabrook was suspended, Brookbank again played and the Hawks won, but in the end after the suspension people were calling for #17, but Rozsival continued on in the last pairing and we all know the final outcome.

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In the end Brookbank is a serviceable NHL defenseman that isn’t afraid of a fight or standing up for a teammate but in the Blackhawks salary cap numbers game it just didn’t equate to another season of Brookbank.

Goodbye #ProjectBrookbank!! Have fun with Brandon Bollig in Calgary!  What is your favorite memory of Brookbank?

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