Two days after a report circulated that the Blackhawks have asked Brent Seabrook whether he'd be willing to waive his no-movement clause and he respectfully declined, the 33-year-old defenseman is shooting those talks down.
“I haven’t been approached by anybody,” Seabrook said after practice on Monday. “So I don’t know where the reports came from. ... I haven’t been approached or talked to about anything, so it’s news to me."
Seabrook, who’s in Year 3 of an eight-year contract that carries a $6.875 million cap hit, has a full no-movement clause that changes to a modified no-trade clause in the final two years.
With the trade deadline on Feb. 25, Seabrook declined to comment on whether or not he’d waive it before then if the right opportunity presented itself.
“I haven’t thought about it,” Seabrook said. “I guess I’ll deal with that when that day comes. But my focus right now is to try to help this team get into the playoffs. That’s what I’m thinking about.”
Seabrook is universally loved in the Blackhawks locker room. He's obviously been a key figure in franchise history, and a pillar on the back end for a decade, which has resulted in three Stanley Cups runs along the way. His teammates came to defense again on Monday.
"I don't even know if that's true, to be honest with you," Patrick Kane said. "Who knows where these rumors and sources come from. It'd be nice to have Seabs as a teammate for a long time. We love him here and I think he likes it here too. But once again, we're speaking on rumors. So probably shouldn't do that."
With it being trade deadline month, this it the time where rumors start to fly all across the league. That's just the nature of the business. The Blackhawks know it, and won't let it affect their focus.
"It could be, but every team deals with it," coach Jeremy Colliton said regarding the potential distractions. "I don't think we're special in that regard. We got a job to do. Let's go out and win hockey games, and that's the focus.
"Listen, lots of things get said at this time of year. It's a very competitive media market place. I'm not going to comment on every little thing that comes up."Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Blackhawks easily on your device.