Seabrook (back) was traded from the Blackhawks to the Lightning in exchange for Tyler Johnson and a 2023 second-round pick Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Seabrook announced the end of his playing career in March, but he has not officially retired on account of the business side of the NHL. As such, the Lightning will place the defenseman on long-term injured reserve to free some additional cap space during the 2021-22 campaign.
Seabrook (back) announced Friday he's no longer able to play due to injury and was subsequently placed on long-term injured reserve. The three-time Stanley Cup champion's last few seasons in the league were marred by injuries, but Seabrook's 15-year career resume is unquestionably impressive. He'll hang up his skates for good having racked up 103 goals and 361 assists while posting a plus-111 rating in 1,114 NHL appearances. Seabrook will be placed on long-term injured reserve for the final four years of his eight-year, $55 million contract.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman suggested Sunday that Seabrook (back) remains far away from returning to game action, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "We're very concerned for him," Bowman said of Seabrook. "He's been a warrior for us. Think of his time in Chicago -- he never really missed any games. But now we're realizing he was playing through a lot of pain those years, and it's caught up to him." Seabrook hasn't suited up in an NHL game since November 2019. He required three surgeries last winter to address hip and shoulder concerns, and after appearing to have returned to full health by July, Seabrook tweaked his back shortly before training camp and has remained in recovery mode ever since. Though head coach Jeremy Colliton said in late January that Seabrook has been able to resume skating on his own, the 35-year-old doesn't sound like he's particularly close to participating in full practice sessions. Consider him out indefinitely until he increases his activity.
According to coach Jeremy Colliton, Seabrook (back) has been skating on his own, but there's still no timetable for his return, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Seabrook has yet to play this season due to a back injury, and at this point it looks like he may end up spending most, if not all, of the campaign on injured reserve. The 35-year-old blueliner still has three years remaining on the eight-year, $55 million contract he signed in September of 2015.
Per Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times, Seabrook is dealing with a back injury and has no timetable for a return. Seabrook has yet to take the ice since training camp opened. To compound the back injury, the 35-year-old is coming off double-hip and shoulder surgeries, which could further hamper his effectiveness on the ice. Expect the team to update his status as needed, but In the meantime, look for Ian Mitchell to enter the lineup in a third-pairing role.
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