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Seabrook admitted on Saturday that he talked with his former teammate before the playoffs. The two have put the past behind them.
"I understand the game happens quick and things out there happen fast, and you make a split-second judgment and things can happen that quick," Seabrook said.
Wisniewski was suspended for eight games after he delivered a vicious hit on Seabrook in a game between the Hawks and Ducks on March 17. Seabrook was behind his own net when Wisniewski came flying in for a head shot that Seabrook never saw coming. Seabrook left the game immediately and missed several more after the incident recovering from the subsequent concussion.
The NHL came down hard on Wisniewski for hitting a player without the puck and several days later Seabrook admitted his friendship with Wisniewski was strained. At the time he had no interest in talking to his buddy who had verbally invited him to his wedding this summer.
"Any time something like that happens, I think it's tough to handle, regardless," Seabrook said at the time. "But coming from a friend, coming from a guy I know pretty good, it's got to be one of the most difficult things to get over."
Apparently, time heals all wounds and maybe so does winning the Stanley Cup.
"I don't think [Wisniewski] was trying to hurt me, but at the same time it's a bad hit, and there is no room in the game for that," Seabrook said on Saturday. "He understands that, and he admitted he made a mistake. We talked it out. We laughed a little bit and had some fun after that. It was a good conversation, and we still talk today. He was texting me about winning the Cup, so that part is over."
Seabrook and Wisniewski were teammates on the Hawks and in the minors for parts of five seasons before Wisniewski was traded to Anaheim in the 2008-2009 campaign.
Jesse Roger covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com.
The Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook has forgiven James Wisniewski for blindsiding him.