GM: Brent Seabrook deal takes time

Updated: February 11, 2011, 2:27 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said the team is "aggressively trying" to sign defenseman Brent Seabrook to a new contract.

In his sixth season with the Hawks, Seabrook, 25, will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

"We are obviously pursuing a contract with Brent. We've been talking over the past couple months back and forth," Bowman said Thursday on "The Afternoon Saloon" on ESPN 1000. "We've had a good dialogue. He wants to stay, and we certainly want to keep him. He's not an unrestricted free agent this year; he's a restricted free agent so he's going to be a member of our organization. We just have to find out what the number is and then how many years is it. We haven't come to an agreement yet but we are working through it.

"It's been a positive discussion so far with his agent. These things take time. There's other players in his boat and a lot of times you take a wait and see approach. We're aggressively trying to get it done but it hasn't happened yet."

Seabrook said Friday that he wants to remain a Blackhawk.

"They have talked a couple times in the last couple weeks but nothing really has been going on," Seabrook said. "Right now I'm not really focused on that. It would be nice to have it done, but right now I'm just focused on getting this team to the playoffs."

The Hawks don't have much cap room but they will free up some space after the season when the regular season and playoff bonuses totaling about $4 million to Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews come off the books.

ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers contributed to this report.

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