Chicago Blackhawks’ Brent Seabrook Deal Exemplifies Roster And Negotiation Issues

By Tim Martens
SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 31: Brent Seabrook
SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 31: Brent Seabrook /
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SAN JOSE, CA – JANUARY 31: Brent Seabrook
SAN JOSE, CA – JANUARY 31: Brent Seabrook /

Brent Seabrook’s name has been swirling around all summer with trade rumors and discussions among Chicago Blackhawks fans. We dig into why his name continues to surface by taking a look at his contract and the deals Stan Bowman has given out when extending his players.

Stuck in the dead of summer, the worst time of year to be a hockey fan, there is a lot of time to contemplate the makeup of your favorite team’s roster — in this case the Chicago Blackhawks — the moves they should have made and the bad decisions that came to pass.

The 2017 offseason has probably been the hardest summer for Blackhawks fans since their rebirth into relevance, and there has surely been a lot to discuss.

Among all of the trades, free agency pickups, draft news and look-ins at prospect camp, there is one name and one contract that keeps coming up among the ‘Hawks faithful: Brent Seabrook and his $6.875 million annual cap hit that still has seven years remaining.

With the lack of depth on the blue line for Chicago, Seabrook is without a doubt one of the top defensemen on the team, and getting quality minutes next year from the veteran will be necessary if the ‘Hawks will find success. But at $6.875 million per season, the team is investing over 9 percent of its salary cap in Seabrook.

What did general manager Stan Bowman see in Seabrook’s play and contract negotiations that convinced him this was a strong deal for the franchise? What had Seabrook done before to warrant the contract, and what has he done since? What has this one deal done to either help or cripple the Blackhawks moving forward?