4. Brent Seabrook Contract Extension
When you have time to look back on a signing or trade, you sometimes look at it and say, “Why in the world?”, and that is the exact situation we have here.
The Chicago Blackhawks signed Brent Seabrook to a massive 8-year extension worth $6.875 million per season.
To say this is the worst contract of Stan Bowman’s career might be an understatement.
Bowman signed a 30-year-old defenseman for 8 years, $55 million ($6.875 mil AAV). This was impractical, no matter what kind of leadership the defenseman brought to the team.
Initially, people were happy after the move. The Blackhawks gave Seabs the title of alternate captain in the same month as the signing, so you know they were going to give him a contract no matter what the cost.
Brent Seabrook is a 3-time Stanley Cup Champion that has now played in 1000 plus games with the Chicago Blackhawks.
This contract will always be scary, especially considering it goes until 2023-24.