The Tucson Roadrunners captain, who had suited up for 63 NHL games with the Boston Bruins and Arizona Coyotes, was standing on the ice during the national anthem when he suddenly collapsed.
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Sure, the term was long, but he was a leader (who had recently been named an alternate captain; teammates gushed about Seabrook and called him the team’s heartbeat), durable (he had only missed 10 regular-season games in nine seasons) and he had developed chemistry with Duncan Keith as one of the league’s most feared shutdown pairs. From 2007 until the time of the extension, they spent 7,336 of 10,404 possible even-strength minutes together. Identifying, developing and maintaining a top pairing is one of the most difficult moves for a GM. Of course Bowman wanted to keep this duo together until at least 2023.
It didn’t unfold quite as planned. Seabrook isn’t as much of a liability as most Blackhawks fans claim, but there’s no question he’s showing signs of regression. He no longer Allen Iverson Jersey plays with Keith, some of his defensive lapses are jarring, and his ice time has been shaved down to around 20 minutes per game, which is close to his average as a rookie. When Seabrook was named a healthy scratch for a January game against Ottawa this season, it felt like an admission: Chicago may have a Seabrook problem. As the Blackhawks become faster and younger, trying to squeeze one more run out of this core, it’s clear that Seabrook’s contract is not aging well, and could bog down future plans.
Khudobin serves as a solid daily fantasy selection while No. 1 Tuukka Rask takes extra time to recover from a minor lower-body injury. Boasting a .921 save percentage and 2.34 goals-against average on the season, the Bruins’ backup is coming off an impressive 27-save 2-1 overtime victory over the Canadiens.
You want glory? Imagine being the legend who saved an 0-16 team and took the NFL’s most cursed franchise to its first ever Super Bowl. Like Joe Thomas said, there’d be a statue of you in Cleveland.
You want to win? Well, here’s the thing 鈥?we’re really not that far off. The defense was pretty good in 2017 and will only get better with Myles Garrett, Joe Schobert, Jabrill Peppers, and other young players continuing to progress.
There’s work to be done offensively, and we got started on that last year by adding Kevin Zeitler and J.C. Tretter up front. With another five draft picks in the first two rounds in 2018, this thing could get better in a hurry.