It is too soon for Brent Seabrook to be Chicago Blackhawks head coachVincent Pariseon May 17, 2022 at 4:15 pm

The Chicago Blackhawks are a bad hockey team with a very flawed roster. They have more issues than the head coach but that is something to address as they try to move beyond what was a horrid year.

Derek King did a decent job as the interim head coach after firing Jeremy Colliton but it certainly wasn’t good enough for anyone to feel that he deserves to automatically be the full-time hire going forward.

There are a lot of names out there to be considered for the position. There are some names available that have been long-time coaches in the past and there are new guys looking to take that on for the first time.

Someone that is interesting to think about is Brent Seabrook. It would shock nobody if the former Blackhawks star defenseman was an NHL coach one day. He was such a smart player and always a great leader for a team that had a tremendous amount of success.

Brent Seabrook has the potential to be a Chicago Blackhawks coach one day.

We all remember when Jonathan Toews took a bad penalty against the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 second round. The Hawks were down 3-1 in the series and Toews taking that penalty out of frustration was not a good sign.

Seabrook went over to the penalty box ahead of the kill and calmed Toews down. From that point on, Toews and Seabrook along with the rest of the team put things in gear and came all the way back. It was that moment when these guys became Chicago hockey legends.

You need that level of compassion and leadership in order to be an NHL head coach. You also need to just be a smart hockey person and Seabrook fits under all of those umbrellas. If he wants it, he deserves the chance one day.

He may be an assistant coach one day before getting the big job but you just never know how that shakes out. It is fun to think about but it wouldn’t be a good fit in the year 2022. It should take a while before he is considered a fit for them.

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are still leaders on this team and it won’t work having their old mate as their head coach. How is Seabrook supposed to truly be a head coach if he has former equals under him? It just doesn’t work well ever.

The Chicago Cubs hired David Ross while former teammates of his were on the team. It looked weird seeing Ross coach guys like Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, Javier Baez, and Kyle Hendricks because he was their friend and teammate first. That really didn’t work out well.

As mentioned before, Seabrook deserves to work in the NHL based on the typical criteria of a first-time NHL coach. He will get that opportunity one day but it isn’t a good fit for the current Chicago Blackhawks at all. They need someone who can handle a full-blown rebuild.

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