Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook is close to signing a long-term contract, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

Kuc also reported that Seabrook "has had some talks with Stan (Bowman, the team's vice president/general manager)" in regard to a new contract.

Seabrook, who is entering the final season of a five-year, $29 million contract, was named an alternate captain for the reigning Stanley Cup-champion Blackhawks on Thursday.

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"I'm very honored to be a part of the (leadership) group here and wear a letter for the Chicago Blackhawks," said the 30-year-old British Columbia native, who replaced Patrick Sharp for the honor after the latter was traded to the Dallas Stars in the offseason.

Seabrook scored seven goals during the playoffs to break Chris Chelios' team record for tallies by a defenseman in a single postseason.

Selected 14th overall in the 2003 draft, Seabrook has collected 71 goals and 247 assists in 763 career contests.