Patrick Sharp Staying In Chicago Not a Question

July 20th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
Until Monday night, the speculation surrounding the summer exodus at the United Center centered on Antti Niemi's shadow resting on the locker of Patrick Sharp .

As the Chicago Blackhawks try to solve their problem between the pipes, the need to make salary cap flexibility available in the wake of Niklas Hjalmarsson's four-year, $14M contract that has brought Sharp back to the front page of trade rumors. However, the Blackhawks cannot afford to move Sharp.

When any professional sports team logically evaluates their roster at the end of a season, there are a number of factors that come into play. Obviously the biggest factor is money, and in the NHL it's much more serious than other pro sports in North America.

In Major League Baseball, the "salary cap" means about as much as a fart in the wind; if you miss it, who cares?

In the NBA, if you exceed the cap you pay a luxury tax; NBA teams care as much about the cap as Donald Trump does about filing for corporate bankruptcy.

In the NFL, well, let's wait and see what that situation looks like in 12 months. This will be one of the central issues of a ...

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