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01-18-2011, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by IJReilly View Post
Count me among those who can't see Seabrook being traded, as he's too valuable to what the Hawks do defensively alongside Keith. However, IF Chicago trades him they would need to receive in return:
(1) a 2nd line center who's a plus faceoff guy and solid on the PK, and
(2) a 2nd pairing type D-man, or at least an above average #5 who could realistically develop into a solid top-4 player in the near future. Again, PK ability is a plus here. Physical, stay-at-home defenders would be preferred to PMD, as most Hawks prospects are of the puck-moving variety.

Throw in draft picks/prospects either way to even the deal, and keep in mind the combined cap hit of players coming to Chicago needs to be limited ($4-5M max). Western conference teams would have to add, of course, as it's always preferable to trade out of the conference if possible.

Whether Seabrook is worth the overpayment it would take to acquire him is up for debate. That's always the case when a team doesn't really need to deal a good player. Even with the above players coming back, such a trade probably weakens Chicago, which is why it's unlikely to happen IMO.
Ideally they keep him...but if they are worried after this year of having a cap friendly team....they have room for him...but will be like Pitts spending draft picks at the deadline to shore up either offence or defence every trade deadline.This is more a move for next year.....put feelers out if they are just out of playoffs or a bubble team then they may pull it for the right offer(going forward).....wouldnt surprise me to see him traded at the draft to move up/aquire players they need

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