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Blackhawks Hope To Extend Seabrook

from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, Defenseman

Brent Seabrook is in the final year of his second contract with the Blackhawks. So it’s time for the Hawks to start looking at keeping him around.

Seabrook is considered part of the Hawks’ young core, and is definitely in line for a raise from his current $3.5 million salary.

“Now that we’ve gotten through the summer with the changes we had to make, we’re going to start to look at that,” Hawks GM Stan Bowman said Friday about Seabrook’s contract status. “You’re always trying to look ahead.

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SYF's avatar

Ha!  I hope both sides have fun mussing up about with numbers.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 09/17/10 at 08:52 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Yah, SYF, this should be fun to watch. Right now, the Hawks have $41.33M committed to five forwards (Kane, Toews, Hossa, Sharp and Bolland) and three defensemen (Campbell, Keith and Hjalmarsson). If they give Seabrook just a token raise to $4.0M, they’ll have $45.33M committed to five forwards and four defensemen.

If the players invoke the 5% Cap-increase clause next spring, it’ll go to about $62.4M. And that means the Hawks will have about $17.0M with which to sign 13 players, including two goalies (for a 22-man roster).

And all of that assumes the Hawks (mis)management team doesn’t screw up their RFA offers next summer, or that there aren’t some fat bonus clauses that will apply towards the 2011-2012 season.

The bottom line is all of this is like one big gift of fun for Wings fans.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/17/10 at 09:30 PM ET

Moq's avatar

If the players invoke the 5% Cap-increase clause next spring, it’ll go to about $62.4M.

Strictly speaking the 5% isn’t added to the cap of the previous year, but added to the midpoint that is calculated on the players share of hockey related revenues, giving the so-called adjusted midpoint.

Therefore, a rise in salary cap depends on a rise in revenues, not merely the whims of the NHLPA.

And that means the Hawks will have about $17.0M with which to sign 13 players, including two goalies (for a 22-man roster).

Remember that the players remaining in your scenario are mostly fillers. More than a million on average per roster spot is by no means catastrophic given a handful or more players close to minimum salary, ie. fourth liners, backup goalie, a cheap defenceman and one or two reserves.

If the Chicago situation was catastrophic, I should be petrified about the Pittsburgh situation, where there is 13 players signed for $51,33M. But I’m not. The remaining roster spots are for secondary forwards, which means a different salary average. Of course, it would be better if the salary heavy players weighed less on the salary cap. But every team has their circumstances to deal with, especially those aiming to contend regularly for the Cup.

So in general, I think your attempt at glee is premature.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 09/18/10 at 06:59 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Remember that the players remaining in your scenario are mostly fillers.

Right. I mean, what team needs more than five quality forwards? Just add seven “fillers” and you’re set to go. And a starting goalie? Pish. Just recycle a “quality” guy like Turco.

And as for this…

If the Chicago situation was catastrophic, I should be petrified about the Pittsburgh situation, where there is 13 players signed for $51,33M.

Well, you’ve just given me a whole lot more to smile about today.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/18/10 at 12:51 PM ET

Moq's avatar

Right. I mean, what team needs more than five quality forwards? Just add seven “fillers” and you’re set to go. And a starting goalie? Pish. Just recycle a “quality” guy like Turco.

As I already explained above, you don’t need seven “fillers” on offence, because one cheap forward equals someone in a higher salary bracket according to the allowed roster salary average as defined by remaining salary cap.

It isn’t that complicated.

Well, you’ve just given me a whole lot more to smile about today.

Acuity of mind does diminish with age.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 09/18/10 at 04:28 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

It isn’t that complicated.

You’re right. It’s not. So try to follow along. The Hawks only have five forwards and three defensemen signed for next season at a cost of $41.33M. Add Seabrook at $4.0M (very optimistic) and they’ll only have (now try to follow this) five forwards and four defensemen signed at a cost of $45.33M.

So, and this is where you seem to lose track, that means they’ll need at least eight more forwards and three more defensemen plus a starting goalie and a backup for a 22-man roster. And they’ll have somewhere around $17M to sign those 13 guys. So a bunch of those guys will be “fillers” (to use your word).

And that’s what makes me very happy. Got it. It really isn’t that complicated.

Acuity of mind does diminish with age.

The only one who’s lacking “acuity” here is the person who thinks his team having $51.33M committed to 13 players isn’t a problem. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re 20 or 60. Those numbers absolutely should pertify you.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/18/10 at 04:49 PM ET

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