Blackhawks Making Moves: Extend Seabrook, acquire Campoli
March 1, 2011 Leave a comment
In two separate moves, the Chicago Blackhawks looked to strengthen their long-term plan to produce a winner year in and year, while acquiring another blue liner to help their immediate future of defending the Stanley Cup.
The Blackhawks extended the contract of 25-year old defenseman Brent Seabrook five years for $29 million over the length of the contract (ESPN News Link). Seabrook, along with Duncan Keith, serve as two of the most talented defenseman in the entire National Hockey League. With his current three-year contract due to expire at the end of the year, the team felt the need to lock down Seabrook to prevent a massive bidding war with other teams in the league that could raise the price of the annual salary cap hit.
This year, Seabrook has recorded four goals and 29 assists with a +/- rating of +2.
At the trade deadline, the Blackhawks continued to add defensive power to their roster by trading for Ottawa Senators’ defender Chris Campoli (ESPN News Link). The team sent center Ryan Potulny and a second-round draft pick for Campoli and a seventh-rounder. The need for another defenseman became apparent when the Blackhawks lost 27-year old defender Jordan Hendry to a torn ACL.
On the year, Campoli has tallied three goals and 11 assists while maintaining a +/- rating of -3. Campoli, a six-year veteran, provides the needed depth for the Blackhawks to continue to their quest to the playoffs.
A full update on the current state of the franchise will be posted Thursday, so keep an eye out for that one.