Defenseman Brent Seabrook announced on Friday that he’s not where he wants to be in terms of being physically able to compete, so he won’t be joining his teammates in Edmonton for the Blackhawks’ attempted playoff run.
Ben Pope of the Sun Times and a beat reporter for the Blackhawks shared the news on social media.
When talking to reporters, Seabrook revealed, “I’m not going to go.” He said he informed GM Stan Bowman of his decision on Thursday and told reporters, “My main focus was to come here to play and to see how I felt and get up to speed as fast as I could. I just don’t feel comfortable yet, as comfortable as I want to feel on the ice.”
The news got worse for Seabrook who seemed to admit his NHL future was in serious question. Due to a series of injuries that plague him today, he noted his back is always hurting him, even affected him sitting on the toilet. “That’s been going on 5 or 10 years,” he said.
So, for what comes next, Seabrook appears unsure. He wants to stay with the team and hopes the franchise doesn’t write him off. And, while the offseason won’t be a long one, he’s hoping he’ll do better at next season’s camp.
“A lot of people want to make a lot of my contract and my age, and I think if given the opportunity and [I’m] feeling like a big part of the team on the ice, I’ve got lots left… I’m looking forward to camp next year.
“I don’t know where my place is here with the Blackhawks. That’s a question for Stan and Jeremy. As far as the NHL goes, I know I can be an impact player on a hockey club.”
Seabrook Says Camp Was Important
“Looking back on the camp,” Seabrook said, “it was good for me to see where I’m at and see what I still have to work on and the things I have to get better at and stronger with and continue to heal to be ready for camp next year.”
quotes via NBC Sports
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