Editorials

The three most likely Chicago Blackhawks to be selected by Seattle

By Justin Klawans
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
2 of 4
Brent Seabrook #7, Chicago Blackhawks
Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Labeling Brent Seabrook’s contract as radioactive waste would not be an overstatement at this point. However, there is a chance that a team like Seattle would be willing to take a look at him.

Seabrook’s contract is somewhat unmovable at this point. While there are other potential options for unloading him, it seems that the only legitimate option at this point would be for Seattle to grab him.

The biggest issue, besides the 8-year, $55 million contract that he’s locked into, is that Seabrook has a full-no movement clause. This means that Chicago would be required to protect him from the expansion draft, unless they could convince Seabrook to waive the clause.

This is not necessarily a complete impossibility. After all, it is possible that Seabrook would be willing to take on a more significant veteran leadership role in a different locker room. There are a number of defensive prospects that will likely get a look for Chicago next season, meaning that Seabs’ role will likely diminish more than it already has.

With the Seattle Kraken having almost no cap hit against them on the books, they should certainly be able to take on Seabrook’s contract. Whether or not they want to is a different story.

However, if Seattle gets to a point in the draft where they have selected mostly younger prospects and players with smaller contracts, I don’t think it’s completely unrealistic that we could see Seabrook in a Kraken jersey come next year.

facebooktwitterreddit