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Blackhawks looking at extending Brent Seabrook's contract

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seabrook.jpgDefenseman Brent Seabrook is in the final year of his second contract with the Blackhawks. So it's time for the Hawks to start looking at keeping him around.

Seabrook is considered part of the Hawks' young core, and is definitely in line for a raise from his current $3.5 million salary.

"Now that we've gotten through the summer with the changes we had to make, we're going to start to look at that," Hawks GM Stan Bowman said Friday about Seabrook's contract status. "You're always trying to look ahead.

"Obviously, Brent has been a great player since we drafted him. He's been a big part of our team coming in at a young age being able to play defense in the NHL. He's obviously a great partner for [Duncan Keith].

"Now that we've gotten through the crunch of the summer, we're going to start addressing that and see where it goes."

The Hawks do have some flexibility. They have $4 million in bonus overages counting against the salary cap this season. All of that -- and then some -- will help keep Seabrook on board.

Seabrook, who is entering his sixth year with the Hawks, had four goals, 30 points and a plus-20 rating in 78 games last year. He also stood out in the playoffs with 11 points and a plus-8 rating.

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Seabs is a necessity!!!!

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