After spending the 2013-14 season away from the game, defenseman Keith Seabrook is returning to hockey signing a one-year, two-way (AHL/ECHL) contract with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday.
He is the younger brother of Chicago Blackhawks defenseman, and two-time Stanley Cup champion, Brent Seabrook.
Keith Seabrook, 26, has not played since the fall of 2012 when he signed a contract with Val Pusteria of the Italian Serie A League. After scoring eight goals and 18 points in 18 games, he asked out of his contract and returned home in November 2012.
Once returning to North America, Seabrook spent time working on a business venture near his home in Vancouver.
Originally a second-round pick of the Washington Capitals (52nd overall in 2006), Seabrook has not played professionally in North American since the 2011-12 season where he split time between the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage and the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones.
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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