Seabrook, Blackhawks “Re-energized” For New Season

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CALGARY, AB - MARCH 26: Brent Seabrook #7 of the Chicago Blackhawks in action against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on March 26, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

By Scott King @ScottKingMedia 

As hard as it may have been to watch, an early exit last postseason at the hands of an old foe may not have been the worst thing for the Blackhawks. The game 7 loss to St. Louis may have provided the Hawks with the rest they needed to make another run this year.

“After such a long summer I felt like I was retired,” defenseman Brent Seabrook said.

“Seeing the guys here who played here last year, the guys all took good advantage of that, took care of themselves and got re-energized for this year.”

Seabrook, a former gold medalist with Team Canada, is one of two core members of the team at training camp and not playing in the World Cup. Duncan Keith missed the competition as well (right knee), but has been participating at practice.

“Yeah, it’s a little different, ” Seabrook said. “Obviously a lot of those guys I’ve played with a lot of years and created good relationships with so always nice to see them. But they’re doing their thing, been a great tournament. I’ve watched a lot of it. Be good to get them back.”

The three-time Stanley Cup champ isn’t worried about the team gelling when those who played in the best-on-best tournament return. “Final’s over on the second? So we’ll have them back eight-nine days. It is what it is.

“We’ve got good relationships and have been together a long time. When they come back it’ll be business as usual and they’ll have a lot of time to get on the ice with us before the season starts.

Camp roster reduced

The Blackhawks training camp roster was reduced to 57 players on Monday. Forwards Radovan Bondra, John Dahlstrom, Nathan Noel and Roy Radke returned to their respective junior teams.

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