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‘Hawks Extend Seabrook

Announcement from the team:

The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a five-year contract extension with defenseman Brent Seabrook.

“Brent is a very important member of our organization and we are looking forward to him being part of a core group that will be a contender for many years to come,” Blackhawks Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman said. “We have been fortunate to have Brent as part of our family since he was a teenager and we are proud to be able to announce this news today.”

[2:10 Update: As per Bob McKenzie tweet, terms are 5 years, $29M, $5.8M annual cap hit.]


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pensfan29's avatar

5.8 million per year? Where is the cap space coming from?

Posted by pensfan29 on 02/27/11 at 05:42 PM ET

Jon Jordan's avatar

Good question. Watch South Park?

Imaginationland, perhaps? wink


Posted by Jon Jordan from Tampa, FL on 02/27/11 at 05:50 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

A while back it was mentioned that the cap was supposed to go up by 3 million.  I guess the hawks will still be stuck with garbage depth next season.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 02/27/11 at 06:16 PM ET

pensfan29's avatar

Yea. The cap might go up 2-3mil. Don’t they have some other RFA/UFAs that are due for raises?

Posted by pensfan29 on 02/27/11 at 06:38 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Some talk Chicago may move Kopecky by tomorrow.  UFA on July 1st, making 1.2M this year.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/27/11 at 06:41 PM ET


Aren’t the Blackhawks rumored to be interested in Brett Clark?  I wonder if Tampa Bay might be interested in moving him for Kopecky.  I could see Kopecky fitting in well in Tampa’s system…but I don’t know if Chicago would want to take on someone like Clark who has another year (at 1.5 mil) on his contract.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 02/27/11 at 06:52 PM ET

Jon Jordan's avatar

nosferatu, Clarky’s got a NMC, first of all, so…. Whatever that means…

And I’m hearing they’d prefer moving Randy Jones over Clark, who has been excellent for them this year, in my opinion.

Jones won’t command the same return but I’m placing my bet that, if the Bolts do move a d-man, it’s him rather than Clark.

Just a (slightly educated) guess…


Posted by Jon Jordan from Tampa, FL on 02/27/11 at 07:00 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

But… but if the Hawks move Kopecky, who’s going to pick up Hossa’s dry cleaning, water his lawn, and feed his cats?  They can’t move Kopecky, it’ll ruin him!

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/27/11 at 07:06 PM ET


With Lundin almost back, I guess Tampa might be thinking it would be okay (with Brewer in the fold) to move a piece from the blue line.  But you’re right, JJ, about Clark—he seems to be a pretty important part of the plan in Tampa.  Again, though, maybe he’s expendable if they get back a useful piece up front.  I actually think Clark for Kopecky could be one of those win-win deals, so you never know.  I’m just not sure that they could get much of use for Jones, you know?

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 02/27/11 at 07:47 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 02/27/11 at 08:04 PM ET

awould's avatar

Big cap hit.  I guess they’re ok with limited depth.  Moving Kopecky would be wise. Nobody in Detroit cried when he left there.

Posted by awould on 02/27/11 at 08:05 PM ET

Mr. Fnytelhatt's avatar

That’s almost exactly the term/money/caphit that the Sedins got, not that that’s a relevant comparison or good predictor of respective team’s success in the coming five years.  Just sayin’, like.

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 02/27/11 at 08:39 PM ET

Mr. Fnytelhatt's avatar

(And yes I do realize that the Hawks can only hear me in mono because they all got a cup ring to plug their ears, nana na…  ) downer

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 02/27/11 at 08:53 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Next year, a little over $47M of their cap will be allocated to just nine guys – five forwards (Kane, Toews, Hossa, Sharp and Bolland) and four defensemen (Campbell, Keith, Seabrook and Hjalmarsson). Even if the cap goes up $2.5M, they’ll only have $15M for the remaining 12 players (for a 21-man team). Considering Turco will be a UFA and Crawford will be a RFA, it’ll be fun to see how many minimum-wage guys they end up with.

Is there another team that has “managed” the cap worse than the Hawks have? And if they miss the playoffs this year, Hawks fans will go ballistic.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/27/11 at 09:56 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Per Bob McKenzie in his tweet:

Seabrook gets $7M ($5M salary and $2 SB) in each of first two years, $5M per in salary only the other three.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 02/27/11 at 10:21 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

So current estimates show they’ve got 11 roster slots left for next season and approximately $10M to do it with. And that of course includes 2 goalies.

Does this mean Campbell gets burred in the minors next year?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/27/11 at 11:48 PM ET

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