Hawks 'Not Focused On Trading' Keith, Seabrook

"They're a big part of what we're doing," Stan Bowman says.

Bernstein & McKnight Show
June 25, 2019 - 10:56 am
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(670 The Score) As the Blackhawks continue to revamp their roster, they plan to keep two key members of their Stanley Cup success from this last decade.

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The Blackhawks haven't approached defensemen Duncan Keith or Brent Seabrook about the possibility of waiving their no-trade clauses and intend to keep them on the roster for the 2019-'20 season, general manager Stan Bowman told the Bernstein & McKnight Show on Tuesday morning.

Keith has four seasons left on his contract at an average annual value of $5.538 million. Seabrook has five seasons left at $6.875 million annually.

"We're not focused on trading those guys away," Bowman said. "They're a big part of what we're doing. We're really happy with the way they stuck with it even though our team was down the last couple years. They want to get this team back on track. We know what they can do, looking at their history here, the moments. They've played a big part in what we've been able to accomplish. Their experience is going to help these younger defensemen.

"The fact we have a better group of experience around them is going to help create their games as well. We're hoping to build on that and be a better defensive group than last season."

Bowman and the Blackhawks made an important move to improve their blue line by acquiring defenseman Calvin de Haan in a trade with the Hurricanes on Monday night. Chicago also added forward Aleksi Saarela while dealing away goaltender Anton Forsberg and defenseman Gustav Forsling.

The Blackhawks also acquired defenseman Olli Maatta in a trade with the Penguins last week, sending forward Dominik Kahun and a fifth-round pick back to Pittsburgh. With two new defensemen added, Bowman is comfortable with how the Blackhawks have fixed a need.

"That was an area we had to address," Bowman said. "We weren't happy with our defensive-zone play last year. We gave up too many goals. Our penalty killing was also an area we had to improve. Bringing in a couple defensemen with experience in those two things as far as playing defense and killing penalties, it was a big step for improving our team."