Report : Blackhawks close to Seabrook extension

Early this morning, TSN's lead reporter Bob McKenzie tweeted the following : CHI and defenceman Brent Seabrook on verge of finalizing big contract extension, hearing 5 years at a shade under $30M.


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Newer rumors have the annual number closer to $5.5 million, rather than $6 million.  Before you panic, the Hawks are in better cap space than many believe.  With Seabrook signed, even at $6 million, the Hawks have close to $4 million dollars to fill 4 roster spots for next season. 

Chris over at the 300level.net is their resident cap expert.  Here is the situation for next season, assuming raises for Troy Brouwer and Corey Crawford, and with Kyle Beach and Ivan Vishnevskiy on the roster.

CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

FORWARDS
Patrick Kane ($6.300m) / Jonathan Toews ($6.300m) / Marian Hossa ($5.275m)
Patrick Sharp ($3.900m) / Dave Bolland ($3.375m) / Troy Brouwer ($1.750m)
Tomas Kopecky ($1.750m) / Jake Dowell ($0.525m) / Jeremy Morin ($0.916m)
Bryan Bickell ($0.541m) / / Kyle Beach ($1.170m)

DEFENSEMEN
Brian Campbell ($7.142m) / Duncan Keith ($5.538m)
Niklas Hjalmarsson ($3.500m) / John Scott ($0.512m)
Nick Leddy ($1.116m) / Brent Seabrook ($6.000m)
Ivan Vishnevskiy ($0.821m)

GOALTENDERS
Corey Crawford ($2.000m) /Alexander Salak ($0.800m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $63,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $59,236,335; BONUSES: $785,000
CAP SPACE (20-man roster): $3,763,665

We will have more concrete numbers once the deal is formally announced. 

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