Sources: Hawks, Seabrook close to extension


Sources: Hawks, Seabrook close to extension

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011
Posted 1:54 a.m. Updated 4:11 p.m.
By Tracey Myers

Brent Seabrook has been a vital part of the Chicago Blackhawks success to this point. Now it appears hes set to be part of it moving forward, too.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Saturday afternoon the Blackhawks are getting close to signing Seabrook to an extension. TSN, citing sources, reported early Saturday that the Blackhawks are close to signing Seabrook to a five-year extension for around 30 million. Bowman wouldnt comment specifically on details of the deal, other to say that he figures the deal will be done soon.

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Its not completely done yet, but were getting close, Bowman said. Weve been working on it a long time and sometimes these deals take a while to get done. (Seabrook) is a big part of our group we have here. Hes been instrumental at getting us to the point were at and hell be instrumental at keeping us at this level.

Seabrook has four goals and 29 assists in 61 games this season. He averages 24 minutes, 25 seconds of ice time per game, second-highest on the team.

The 25-year-old Seabrook, who wouldve been a restricted free agent at seasons end, is making 3.5 million this season. Seabrook has gone about his business on the ice but said the contract situation has been on his mind.

Ive tried to just put it out of my mind but it is something Ive thought about, he said following Saturdays practice. Its one of those things that Im going to be very happy when its over.

Once Seabrooks deal is finalized, it locks up another key member of the Blackhawks defense. Bowman said that was important.

Defense is the key that makes everything go for us, he said. We have a lot of skilled forwards and were depending on having mobile, puck-moving defensemen. If you look around, the teams in the league that dont have a strong defense dont do very well.

Coach Joel Quenneville said its important to have Seabrook going forward.

Hes a big part of the team, Quennville said. Hes got great leadership qualities, plays good quality minutes and gives us a physical presence. That pair (Seabrook and Duncan Keith) was really instrumental in us winning the Cup. Hes part of that mix and itd be nice for him to be here a long time.

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"Hopefully that happens," team president John McDonough said. "It's a statement that a top-tier player wants to stay in Chicago and play for the Blackhawks. We try to keep that core together and the core is expanding. As that continues, we realize Chicago and the Blackhawks have become a real good destination."

Leddy here to stay

Nick Leddys days of doing the Rockford shuffle are over this season, Stan Bowman said Saturday. For Leddy, whos recently been paired with Duncan Keith, its a chance to keep developing with the Blackhawks on a daily basis.

Now hes up here for a regular basis itll be good for him. But you have to appreciate how quickly hes absorbed quality and quantity minutes and he seems to be comfortable no matter whos on the ice, Quenneville said. His imagination and patience level with the puck is high end. Hes very poised and he can only keep getting better off these levels.
Boynton to Flyers

Nick Boynton, who the Blackhawks placed on waivers on Friday, was picked up by the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. The move gives the Blackhawks some flexibility with the cap and roster.

Boyntons last game with the Blackhawks was Feb. 7 in Calgary. Hed been a healthy scratch since, replaced by Jordan Hendry.

I think Nicks been OK this year. He did a good job for us last year, especially coming into the finals the way he did, coach Joel Quenneville said. Weve gotten a look at Hendry and I think hes coming off his best game the other night. He had some quickness in his game.


Niklas Hjalmarsson did not practice on Saturday. Quenneville said it was a maintenance day and that the defenseman will play Sunday night against Phoenix.

Corey Crawford will get the start Sunday against the Coyotes.

Tracey Myers is's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Penalty kill struggles again in Blackhawks’ loss to Blue Jackets

Penalty kill struggles again in Blackhawks’ loss to Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS – Tyler Motte scored his first career NHL goal but the Blackhawks’ penalty kill was a big problem again in their 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

The Blackhawks allowed two more power-play goals, so the penalty kill has given up 11 goals in the first five games of this season.

And the Blackhawks may be losing another player. Trevor van Riemsdyk went hard into the net, his right arm/shoulder colliding with the post, late in the second period. He did not return.

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Richard Panik scored his fifth of the season. Corey Crawford stopped 25 of 28 in the loss. The Blackhawks got one more power play with 3:26 remaining in regulation. Despite good scoring opportunities, they couldn’t beat Sergei Bobrovsky for one more.

Zach Werenski gave the Jackets a 1-0 lead with his power-play goal midway through the first period. Motte knocked home a Jonathan Toews rebound early in the second to tie it but, just over two minutes later, Foligno’s power-play deflection put Columbus back up 2-1.

William Karlsson redirected a David Savard shot for a 3-1 Columbus lead.

Trevor van Riemsdyk leaves game early with injury

Trevor van Riemsdyk leaves game early with injury

COLUMBUS – Trevor van Riemsdyk finally had a healthy season in 2015-16. Now an injury could sideline him again.

Van Riemsdyk was injured late in the second period and did not return in the Blackhawks’ game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. The defenseman, who was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last three games, got tangled up with Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson as Anderson drove the net. Both went into the net, but van Riemsdyk’s right arm/shoulder went directly into the post.

Coach Joel Quenneville is expected to have an update following the game.

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Van Riemsdyk suffered a fractured ankle in his final college season. He also missed most of the 2014-15 season – his first with the Blackhawks – with a fractured kneecap and later a wrist injury. He came back to play in the Stanley Cup final.