Something In The Way: C.I.’s ’15-’16 Season Preview – Brent Seabrook

It’s funny on this blog, because there are certain players who we have spent as much time defending as we have criticizing. Brent Seabrook may top the list. After he signed his extension, it felt like once a week we had to explain to people why having two Canadian Olympic defensemen on the team for the long haul was a good idea. Then, when Seabrook was carrying around three pounds of nachos in his upper intestine, or at least sure skated like it, we kept having to point out just how sluggish he looked and how much Keith was bailing his overstuffed ass out (in particular to one certain Hawks blogger).

And then Seabrook had last season, where he looked better, skated better, played better, cemented himself as something of the heartbeat of the whole dressing room, and no one said anything. Which is preferable. Of course, with Biscuit heading into a free agent season and every Hawks fan having Cap Paranoia (Self-Destroyah’!…AND IT GOES LIKE THIS!), he’s probably headed in for a season of everyone looking at him quite intensely, trying to figure out if he’s worth paying what he very well might ask (which could be somewhere between $7-8 million per).

Last Year: 82 games, 8 goals, 23 assists, 31 points, -3, 27 PIM, 52.1% Corsi (-2.6 Relative), 50.1% Corsi of Competition

Playoffs: 7 goals, 4 assists, 11 points, +5, 10 PIM, 54.1% Corsi (+3.6 Relative), 51.6 Corsi of Competition

Clearly, the playoffs were a different beast of Seabrook (I’ll never be… your beast of Seabrook…actually scratch that because I hate that fucking song with the fury of 1000 suns). While like a lot of Hawks, Seabrook got through the regular season doing just enough, he raised his game in the playoffs and provided something of a springboard for Keith to do his Achilles act. Seven goals in the playoffs for a defenseman is something of an avalanche of twine-denters, and a fair few were important. OT winner against Nashville, what really should have been the clincher against Anaheim in Game 4, the one that got the Hawks within one at the end of the 2nd in Game 5 of the same series, the nail in Game 7, and a go ahead goal in Game 2 of the Final. Seabrook’s physicality was once again on display, possibly because he could actually skate fast enough to get there in time. He remains the best passer on the blue line the Hawks have.

Feather wrote about this in our commemorative issue and here as well, but it can’t be ignored the role Seabrook played in calming whatever troubled waters the Hawks had in their dressing room. While it became curious that someone had to say something every day, it was Seabrook who was first and it was Seabrook who did it unsolicited. While we may never know for sure, it certainly felt like Seabs was leading the charge of “Enough of this bullshit” and got his teammates focused on the task at hand. There’s a reason he’ll be taking Sharp’s “A.”.

Next Year’s Outlook: I suppose the first question I have for this season is who Seabrook is going to be paired with and what’s his role. My hunch is that he’s going to be paired with Hjalmarsson to form the Hawks “shutdown” pairing, as he has been at various times the past couple seasons. Q will want to keep Keith unleashed, and there really isn’t anyone else who could combine with Hammer to take on the opponents’ best.

That would also allow for maybe a little more offensive freedom for Seabrook, who isn’t just a free safety back there, or at least doesn’t want to be. Let’s face it, this is a free agent year for Seabs, and he’s going to have something of an urge to make things count offensively to drive up the price of what is almost certainly his last big payday. And of course, we know that Seabrook can go a little cowboy in the wrong end, leaving him huffing and puffing after streaking forwards the other way.

And all season we can look forward to HOT TAEKS about what Seabrook is worth to the Hawks and whether or not they should move him at the deadline or they can’t pay him this or that and will he take a hometown discount and is he a TRADER if he doesn’t and whatever other garbage usually comes with this. Of course, Seabrook’s contract situation is probably tied up in someone else’s, but I would be borderline shocked if Seabrook is allowed to leave (especially as the Hawks have basically dumped every defensive prospect that would have ever had a hope of stepping in).

With that situation looming, I doubt we’ll see the Jack Cheese infused human eephus pitch that Seabrook was for large swaths of 2013 and 2014. Which means you can basically bank on the poor man’s Pronger that he’s been for most of his career. Not a bad thing to have in the least.


  • ChiCityKyle

    Sam, as a fan of you guys since the beginning…bout 6 years ago, Can I ask a favor? God damn do I love when your talking hockey btw.

    My favor is that when time comes around to do the Patrick Kane preview, can you please use his name Patrick Kane and not any hurtful, profane, or whatever negative nickname?


    Ive only met you once (thank you for the stickers) and it was a pretty dull crowd that night unfortunately for the road watch, but I had a great time just pretty much saying nothing, drinkin some beers with Killion watching the hawks lose 3-0. But to me, you guys are right up there with the players on Hawks. TCI is practically my morning newspaper. You’ve all brought me something that I cant thank you enough for in what you all did with sch and now tci.

    Despite what you or you guys collectively feel about PK, can you just call him Patrick or Kane. Just use his name, no negative nicknames. Its hard enough as it is you know? I cant stand when you call him all that other stuff, whether he deserves it or not.


    • SamFels

      Remains to be seen. We don’t even know if we’re doing one for him yet. Whatever I’m feeling on that day I think.

      I sincerely hope that’s your wife or girlfriend on your avi.

      • ChiCityKyle

        Thats my wife, and the bun has been born. His name is Max Kane Miller. Born Sept, 7 2015 at 2:51am Malaysia time. Best thing that’s ever happened to me. Its been an amazing experience. We almost changed his middle name for obvious reasons, but we stuck with it 1) because of what the name Kane means, and 2) thats a badass name with a good ring to it ;-).

        • Railgun

          This is amazingly somehow the weirdest/most awkward couple of comments I’ve read on this site. Good job.

          • That’s no small accomplishment ’round these parts.

          • GoldenJet

            Boob milk…ftw

          • 60MinutesBaby60

            Wait … some guy above called out insightfully (and possibly incitefully too) the strangest TCI comment arc ever. I concurred – troubled at my own take on the matter.

            And yet Golden Jet’s funny (and it DID make me lol) coupled w/ his thumbnail pic REALLY presents a disturbing imagery mashup..

            Could my own reply here be a cry for help? Or am I just REALLY ready for NHL puck to commence again?
            Or maybe the two aren’t mutually exclusive? Which REALLY REALLY leaves me uneasy.

        • SuperHawk27

          Congrats on the baby boy! Great name too!

    • OMFS88

      lol wut

    • Im Not You

      I’m relatively new to the site and i have been curious about this. The nicknames suggest the CI has been negative on Kane for a while, which makes me curious as to why. I get that he has a clownish past (post-July 2015 that adjective may turn much more negative depending on what we learn in the coming weeks), but nothing that strikes me as outside of the ordinary for the sports world. I’m not even sure A-Rod gets as much heat. If it’s just a result of the authors being convinced that Kane did assault this woman, then I can understand that. But as I mentioned, seems like this has been brewing long before August.

      Fan of the site so far, but just curious.

      • SamFels

        Quite the opposite, actually. No one has spent more time defending Kane throughout his career than we have. Remember the Kane for Miller garbage? Our vitriol for him extends only as far back as the first week of August.

        • bmarlowe

          Even though then, as now, you don’t know what happened.

      • WookRN

        First, please stick around.
        There is some hostility floating around, especially from one of the writers here (not Sam). But the content is sincerely top notch, the analystics are astounding, and the commentary will probably make you laugh beer out of your nose. While there is some…contention here at the moment, it’s because everyone loves this site (and the program, seriously, pick it up) and disagreement has escalated to something ugly.

        The site always has a whipping boy (Shaw, Seabs, Carcillo, Scott) and Kane made himself a target. I’m personally in the “I hope for her sake he didn’t do it, but I’ll wait for more news” camp, but we all have an opinion.

        Seriously. Stick around. It’s an emotional time right now, but that’s only because of the passion everyone has for the sport. We love it, we breath it, and we all made MANY friends here. Hope you like it here too.

        • Dangles-a-Plenty

          This. So much fucking this. Well said my friend.

    • ChicagoDog

      Oh Man, you better watch yourself saying anything about Kane besides calling him 100% definitely a drunken rapist around these parts, no objectivity allowed. McClure’s liable to swoop down from his perch atop Mount Self-Righteous and preach to you about how you are encouraging rape culture and basically a rapist yourself because you are not calling Kane a rapist immediately. Then McClure will proceed to insult and mock assorted long time readers because he’s better than all of us. Countdown until he calls us garbage and locks the comments in this thread in 3-2-1….

      • Railgun

        Oh look, none of that happened, Nostradomus.

        • WookRN


          • Railgun


    • Sarcastic Mike

      I can understand why you’d like to avoid the name calling, but in fairness…hurtful, profane & negative nicknames is a staple of hockey in general in addition to this site. They’ve (me too) already been calling him “Humpty-Hump” for several years now and it’s not exactly a positive nickname.

  • Matt

    I love having Seabrook on the Hawks but if the Hawks keep him for the full year and he walks in the offseason (not saying it’s likely), I’m going to be pissed. It’s probably more likely than not that the Hawks don’t win the Cup this year, and that’s even with assuming Kane is on the team. The Hawks either need to retain Seabrook or get some good talent in return. I don’t think they can afford to just lose that talent for nothing, as you mentioned that the D prospects aren’t exactly full right now.

    • Bannerman

      During the Quenville era, the Hawks amass a bunch of points in November and December than coast in the spring. At the deadline they’ll likely still be in the conversation for another cup run. It would be really hard to trade him at that point.
      On the other hand, Bowman traded Saad so who really knows what he’ll do.

  • Bannerman

    Years from now we’ll gaze in wide wonder how the Hawks had Brent Seabrook and he wasn’t even the best defenseman on his own team.

    • thisismypuck81

      So true.

  • WookRN

    While we all hate “he’s got intangibles,” Seabs does bring a lot of leadership. And given that when he’s on the attack, his shot goes off like a rocket, I hope they do make salary space for him….on that note….hey, guys… Did you free up $30 that Kruger is asking for? Seriously, he’s giving you a STEAL….

  • SuperHawk27

    This will be Seabs last year as a Hawk. Stan set up the team to win now, so a mid season trade is highly unlikely, and he will be too expensive for the hawks to keep. Trading mid-season for picks or prospects doesn’t help the Hawks win now unless the season goes very bad and they are selling at the trade deadline.