NHL Trade Rumors: Imagining the Best Destinations for Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp

June 23rd, 2015 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »
Patrick Sharp is a fine player, with a fine track record. He's a three-time Stanley Cup winner and a four-time 30-goal scorer.

He is also 33 years old, with two years left on a contract that has a $5.9 million cap hit. The Chicago Blackhawks need to trade him, because the 14 players currently under contract for next season puts them at $64 million and the NHL's new salary cap, announced Tuesday, is $71.4 million. 

Well, they don't have to trade him. If general manager Stan Bowman could somehow convince young restricted free agents Marcus Kruger and Brandon Saad to take short money for this coming season and/or deal away a Bryan Bickell ($4 million cap hit) and/or Kris Versteeg ($2.2 million), then it's conceivable Sharp could still be a Blackhawk moving forward 

But moving Sharp and his huge contract would make everything easier. And besides, his role changed on this year's Hawks team. A top-six forward the last several years of his career, Sharp found himself often on the third line with Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen. His production slipped to 43 points in 68 games, with a minus-eight, and he scored on seven percent of his 230 ...

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