Over the weekend the Blackhawks signed Brent Seabrook to an eight-year extension worth $55M ($6.875M AAV).
Seabrook, 30, was drafted 14th overall in 2003 and is now signed through the 2023-24 season. The 6-foot-3, 218 lbs. defensemen is on of the steadiest blueliners in the NHL. He has only missed 10 games over the last nine seasons and has averaged eight goals and 27 assists (35 points) per 82 games throughout his career.
Seabrook (illness) is expected to play on Wednesday.
Seabrook missed Tuesday’s practice with an illness, but was back on the ice this morning for the game day skate, which suggests he is good-to-go tonight vs. the Blues. He has 14 points (5G / 9A) and a minus-3 rating in 24 games this season.
Seabrook will be back in the Blackhawks lineup on Sunday after serving his three-game suspension.
Seabrook missed the last three games after being suspended for a hit that knocked David Backes out in Game 2. After two games in the series, Seabrook was leading all Chicago skaters with four points (2G / 2A), and still ranks third on the team. However, anyone who watches the team knows his value goes far beyond offense, as his leadership and his chemistry with defensive partner Duncan Keith cannot be overstated.
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has been suspended for three games for interference and charging against St. Louis Blues forward David Backes during Game 2 of the teams' First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series in St. Louis on Saturday.
Huge blow for the Hawks as Seabrook will be eligible to return Game 6.
A day after leaving the Hawks' 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night at the United Center, Seabrook will travel with the team to Pittsburgh for Tuesday night's game against the Penguins.
Travelling with the team is a positive sign for the wounded Seabrook. After the game he appeared OK which could mean he draws back into the lineup. Check back for a further update on the oft-injured d-man.
The veteran was not on the bench to start the second and the team announced Seabrook would not return with an "upper-body" injury. Seabrook has missed time on three separate occasions during his Hawks career with concussions.
Bad news for the Blackhawks, who were just getting used to their minute-eating defenseman staying in the lineup. Seabrook could be out with a concussion which would keep him out for at least a week.