Despite being a full participant at training camp, Brent Seabrook announced Friday that he will not be part of the Blackhawks' 31-man postseason roster for the NHL's Return to Play plan. The team leaves for Edmonton on Sunday.
"I’m not going to go," said Seabrook, who informed GM Stan Bowman of his decision on Thursday. "My main focus was to come here to play and to see how I felt and get up to speed as fast as I could. I just don’t feel comfortable yet, as comfortable as I want to feel on the ice."
Seabrook underwent three major surgeries on his right shoulder and both hips in nearly a one-month span. He wanted to give it a go at training camp and most certainly would have loved to be part of another potential playoff run for the Blackhawks.
But Seabrook's focus now is getting ready for the start of the 2020-21 season and becoming an impact-type player that he believes he can still be.
"Looking back on the camp," Seabrook said, "it was good for me to see where I’m at and see what I still have to work on and the things I have to get better at and stronger with and continue to heal to be ready for camp next year."