Brent Seabrook last played a hockey game on December 15th, 2019. Since then, he has undergone three surgeries, one on each hip and another on his right shoulder. His timetable to return was anywhere from five to six months, which meant he would not be ready to play until the start of the 2020-21 season.
But when the season paused and the postseason was pushed back until August, Seabrook found himself rushing to get back in time to join his teammates for their Qualifying Round series against the Oilers.
While Connor Murphy, Calvin de Haan, and Olli Maatta each have missed practices due to varying reasons, it looked like there might be a slight chance Seabrook could make his way back into the Blackhawks’ lineup.
His teammates spoke about his resilience and perseverance to get back on the ice.
There’s no doubt that Seabrook has lost a step, or two, over the past few seasons. So when he returned to the ice to join the team in their training camp leading up to the season restart, Seabrook spent a lot of time working on his skating.
Eventually, Murphy, de Haan, and Maatta rejoined their teammates at practice and the roster spot that was once open for Seabrook quickly vanished. That scenario culminated today when he announced that he will not be traveling with the team when they head to Edmonton this weekend.
Seabrook now plans on working his way back into the lineup for the start of next season.
The Blackhawks have until the end of today to submit their 31-man roster before traveling to Edmonton on Sunday.