Wednesday, July 8, 2015

What Do The Blackhawks Do With Patrick Sharp?

The Chicago Blackhawks still find themselves still without a suitor for Patrick Sharp.  We've learned that part of the reason was due to the fact of what Stan Bowman wanted in return for him; A 1st round pick, an A-level prospect and a top 6 forward.  Some would say, present company included, that the asking price was too high to pay for a 34-year old winger, whose number dropped dramatically last year.

Rumors had the Dallas Stars at one point with a potential deal on the table for Sharp, but it was not to be.  An offer for a 2nd round pick in 2015 & 2016, and a defensive prospect, but Bowman was not acceptable to it.  Any trade with Dallas would have had to involve Antoine Roussel and Dallas would have nothing of that.  

One would think that what Bowman was looking for in a "top 6 forward" was a center to replace the tandem of Brad Richards and Antoine Vermette.  With the trade of Brandon Saad last week, the acquisition of Artem Anisimov would fill that void.  The question now is, would it be enough for Stan Bowman to lower his demands for a possible trade partner for Sharp.

The other wrinkle in a delay of trading Sharp is that he has a limited trade clause where he would have to provide a list of 10 teams as to where he would allow to be traded to. A possibility is that a good percentage of those teams are in a cap pinch similar to the Blackhawks, where taking on Sharp's $5.9 million cap hit would be too great for them.

Rumors are starting now about a familiar face that may be interested in Sharp; Dale Tallon, GM of the Florida Panthers.  A possible deal may be in place, but a snag in Sharp's no trade clause may be holding up a potential deal.  

Stay tuned for a possible trade within the next few days, which could set the ball rolling for potential signings of Marcus Kruger and/or Johnny Oduya.


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