The Chicago Blackhawks locked up another piece from their 2010 championship team Sunday, signing defenceman Brent Seabrook to a five-year contract extension.
The 25-year-old blue-liner is having a career year with four goals and 29 assists in 61 games. He’s also averaging a career-high 24:25 in ice time per game.
“The Blackhawks are the only organization I’ve ever played for, and I’ve been a part of something very special in Chicago over the last six seasons,” Seabrook, the Blackhawks’ first-round pick (14th overall) in the 2003 NHL entry draft, said in a news release. “I’m excited to continue being a part of this group, playing in the United Center and making our fans proud.”
The new deal, which comes into effect after the current season, is worth a reported $5.8 million US per season, bringing the total value of the deal to $29 million.
In other NHL news, rumors are flying around Clarke Macarthur of the Toronto Maple Leafs, with Nashville offering prospect defenseman Ryan Ellis in exchange. The Leafs seem to be in a waiting mode, unsure of whether to throw in the towel or try and make the playoffs. I guess we'll find out tomorrow!