On Saturday evening, the Blackhawks announced the organization has agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension with defenseman Brent Seabrook.
The deal is reportedly worth $55 million, an average annual value of $6.875 million, and will run through the 2023-24 NHL season.
Seabrook, 30, was the Blackhawks first round pick (14th overall) in the historic 2003 NHL Draft. He was named an alternate captain earlier during training camp, replacing Patrick Sharp.
Entering the 2015-16 season, Seabrook ranks eighth in franchise history with 318 career regular season points as a defenseman; he trails Keith Brown by only 12 points for sixth in team history.
Seabrook’s 19 career playoff goals are tied for the most by any defenseman in franchise history with Bob Murray and Doug Wilson. His 57 postseason points are fourth in franchise history, three behind Hall of Famer Pierre Pilote.