1- The Brent Seabrook Contract
After winning three Stanley Cups, and helping to make the Blackhawks one of the best teams in the NHL, Seabrook was due for a pay raise, however maybe not 6.875 million a year. I like Brent Seabrook, and I think he gets too much hate for his contract when he was not the one who offered it to him.
There is no way Seabrook demanded 6.875 million a year for the next eight years in the summer of 2016. Seabrook spent his entire career with the Blackhawks, and that contract is going to ruin this team one way or another.
During this past season, Seabrook has spent time as a healthy scratch, and only put up 3 goals and 1 assist in 32 games with the Blackhawks. That comes right before putting up just 28 points in 78 games in 2018-19.
Seabrook’s play has declined greatly, and unless he comes back better than ever after having surgery this season I do not know how we are ever going to get over his contract.