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Welcome Patrick Sharp to the trade rumor mill

Jun 24, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT

Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on in the first period of Game Three of the Western Conference Final against the Los Angeles Kings during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on June 4, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
(June 3, 2013 - Source: Harry How/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

A new name has surfaced in what’s shaping up to be a wild week of rumors and speculation — Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp.

“Chicago’s now looking for a centerman, and Patrick Sharp’s available,” Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos said on Tuesday. “He’s out there.

“Patrick Sharp is out there right now and we’re going to continue to hear some big names that are available.”

Chicago’s desire for a second-line center is well documented, especially after Michal Handzus‘ disappointing playoff run (followed by news that the ‘Hawks were parting ways with the veteran.) Ryan Kesler has been linked to Chicago and while he’d be a tremendous upgrade, getting him on the books would require some maneuvering.

Per CapGeek, the ‘Hawks have around $4.6 million in cap space for next season with the likes of Antti Raanta, Jeremy Morin and Ben Smith needing new deals. Those won’t be especially tough — all three are RFAs — but the real issues come in 2015-16, when Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are up. The pair indicated they’re ready to re-sign in Chicago but with hefty deals already in place for Corey Crawford ($6 million annually), Brent Seabrook ($5.8), Duncan Keith ($5.5) and Marian Hossa ($5.275), something has to give…especially with the likes of Brandon Saad and Nick Leddy going RFA in ’15-16 as well.

So, back to Sharp.

While a talented forward with pedigree — he registered his fourth 30-goal campaign last season, and won a gold medal with Canada at the Olympics — he could be expendable in Chicago’s quest for a legitimate 2C. Sharp carries an annual cap hit of $5.9 million for the next three seasons and while head coach Joel Quenneville has tried him at center in the past, the results haven’t been there. As such, there’s a case to be made that an in-house candidate (Andrew Shaw? Bryan Bickell?) could ascend to a top-six role on the wing and replace Sharp — not as effectively, but definitely more cost-efficiently.

The ‘Hawks will also have to look long and hard in the prospect cupboard. They’ve taken five first-round forwards at the last four drafts (Kevin Hayes, Mark McNeill, Phillip Danault, Teuvo Teravainen, Ryan Hartman) with the hope is that one will eventually be ready to fulfill a top-six role in the NHL.

If Chicago thinks one can, the idea of moving Sharp might become less daunting.

  1. billiam55 - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    stupid.

    • esracerx46 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Not as dumb as you may think. Sharp is starting to get up there in age, yet his value is pretty damn high. Eventually you have to assume that falls. Morin is young and will be relatively cheap. They have Sharp, Saad, Bickell, Morin, and Bollig. Bollig won’t budge off that third line. So that leaves 3 NHL spots for 4 players. I think Sharp and Bickell are interchangeable as far who gets traded, but Sharp has more value coming back to you.

      You have a guy in Morin that can play top 6 LW minutes. If it means you get a 2 center somehow at least short term its a done deal. In the short term the 2c isn’t on the Hawks roster. Teuvo isn’t ready

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        What’s still frustrating to me is that I think we had a #2 guy that they gave up on too soon, Pirri. If the Hawks had played Pirri and Morin instead of Handzues and Versteeg, good chance they take the cup.

      • esracerx46 - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        Pirri was bad at draws and bad defensively. 2 things that wont get you in Quenneville’s lineup. He’ll put some points up, but not enough to overcome his deficiencies. He was out of options with the Hawks this summer. They wouldn’t have been able to send him down without him being claimed. so trade him and get value.

      • tas750 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:31 PM

        Bollig on 3rd line?!? Typo or you never watched a BHawks game.

  2. lowenni - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Patrick Sharp and a second or third for Ryan Kesler?

    • notan9ner - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      and this is why you aren’t a GM

      • lowenni - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        That wouldn’t be a solid trade for Chicago? Patrick Sharp is older than Kesler, and as the article states, the Hawks are both looking for a 2C and Sharp hasn’t filled that void when tried there. Kesler would definitely fit there and it would essentially be a swap of two-way forwards, with the second round pick being incentive for Vancouver because he’s older. The Hawks lose a bit of depth on wing, but center is the most important forward position. The lines would still read: Kane-Toews-Hossa Saad-Kesler-whoever. It wouldn’t be a horrible trade for the Hawks, I think it would help them out. I don’t know if the Nucks would take it though.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        And if the Nucks balk at that, hawks cold always toss in Bollig and Versteeg to sweeten he deal;)

      • adambballn - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        lowenni- Kane-Toews- Hossa wouldn’t be a line, they both play right wing. If the Hawks made a trade for Kesler it would likely be something like; Kane-Toews-Saad & Hossa-Kesler-Bickell. Not too shabby.

    • desertfan - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Kesler and #6 -Ist Round for Sharp and Seabrook.

  3. kfraser91 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Who do you guys want?

    -Ken Holland

    • ewampus - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      Oh we’re just looking
      – Stan Bowman

  4. pjblake2redwings - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    I thought Teuvo Teravainen was suppose to be the next All Star Caliber player? Is he ready for the jump

  5. astilgy - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Promoting from within might not be the most attractive idea for Blackhawk fans, but management needs to think long-term. Acquiring Kesler might be great short-term answer but what happens when all of these 1st round picks are up for new contracts 2-3 years down the road?

    • esracerx46 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      It’s funny. Of all the Hawks first round picks since Kane. Only Dylan Olsen and Teuvo have played an NHL game. Olsen is in Florida. Beach is a RFA in New York. Hayes is unsigned. McNeil and Danault just completed a season in Rockford. And Hartman most likely has another year in junior. Danault I think could take Shaws spot now, if he’s traded. McNeil isn’t ready.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        You mention the 1st round picks, and I always appreciate your observations regarding Rockford players. What about Drew LeBlanc – does it liik like he has a future with the Hawks? Any projected timeframe?

      • mrpinkca - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        This would scare the bejesus out of me if I were a Hawks fan.

        The Sharks drafted Couture in the Kane year and also only have 2. Tomas Hertl, and Charlie Coyle (who didn’t make the NHL until he was a member of the Wild). They drafted Mirco Mueller last year and traded all the other picks.

        So I suppose we’re kind of on the same boat (minus the cups). I’m not quite sure which I think is more alarming.

    • chanceoffleury - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      You become the Pittsburgh Penguins current cap disaster. That’s what happens.

  6. nunan - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Not going to happen. Have to be able to separate legit rumors with substance and those that are just a result of the FA chaos. This is the latter.

  7. djshnooks - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Kevin Hayes wants out of Chicago.

    He won’t re-sign there.

    • esracerx46 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      He never signed in the first place. He may not want to sign without a forward position available. Trading Sharp makes one available.

  8. eaglesfan723 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    I’de welcome him back to Philly, shouldn’t have traded him in the first place but whatever.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      I was just gonna say… what if he’s the winger the Flyers target to step up and play next to Giroux and Voracek? Does he play LW? Now, cap wise, it would be two teams with limited funds making the transaction, so it’s pretty unlikely. First off, the Flyers would have to rid themselves of Lecavalier before bringing in Sharp. Now he could slide into the Hawks #2C role but there’s no way they want to take on his term when some sort of Sharp for Vinny+ swap would only save them about $1.4 mil. Would they have interest in Schenn? He just signed that reasonable 2yr $5mil deal. But I don’t think Hextall would want to give up a 22-yr old for an expensive 32yr old. And Couturier’s not an option.

      The only way this works is if the Flyers dump Vinny, and the Hawks are willing to deal Sharp simply to open up cap space to acquire another center from somewhere else. They probably don’t want Laughton as he projects as #3c and they already have center prospects. Chicago’s blueline is aging… maybe they’d have interest in Morin or Hagg? It would be nice to add Sharps 78-points to the Flyers first line but there’s just too many moving parts for it to be realistic.

  9. sixchr - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Won’t happen because a lot of other deals would have to happen to make it work but I would love to see him in Boston.

  10. McFaddensPulledHammy - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Something is close to happening with Kesler to Chicago. The rumors of Kesler to Chicago and Sharp being moved have been out there for the past couple of weeks but I’ve never seen them on this “news blog”.

    I have a feeling the deal gets done before the draft. Kesler for Teuvo, Leddy, and this year’s #1. Sharp gets moved to a team in Canada, probably Montreal.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:51 AM

      To be fair, I have lost track of the number of Hawks trade rumors not reported by PHT that never came to pass.

      I am skeptical. I think Teuvo will be the deal-breaker. Of course my failures as an armchair hockey GM are legendary, so we shall see this weekend.

  11. nyrnashty - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Sucks the Hawks already used both of their buyouts, it would be a great time to buy out Crawford, I think he’s a good goalie, just not 6 million dollar good. He gives up way too many soft goals to get paid that much. Same with Jimmy Howard, only a few NHL goalies should be getting 6 million plus and neither of them are in that league.

    • pjblake2redwings - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      as a wings fan even I agree with you 100% Howard and Crawford are good goalies, not great and not worth 6 mil

    • gret9 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Crow’s deal was signed after the lockout so it would not be eligible for the buyout anyway.

  12. Wineshard - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Sharp seemed to be in Q’s doghouse at times in the playoffs. Quite possible that he is dealt.

  13. mnjoemama - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Mikko 4 sharp ! Do it chuck . Parise is the real captain and we need a 30 goal scorer !!! Skol wild

  14. jl9830 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Considering they need cap space for Kane and Toews, I think the Islanders make sense for Patrick Sharp, if they’re willing to deal Frans Nielsen. Nielsen is locked up for two more years at $2.75M cap hit per year, and is coming off a 25 goal, 58 point season. Even if he doesn’t hit those offensive numbers again, he’s long been one of the NHL’s best defensive centers, and would fit in well with the Hawks.

  15. earpaniac - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    You started to hear rumors about Sharp being dealt towards the end of the year. Who knows. This is the type of call that gms make their money on. Trading a popular, aging, but still highly productive guy, is a tough call. In the cap era these are the types of moves where you see if the team is trying to blow their wad now or building toward the future while still remaining competitive. The most important thing is what you are going for. Cap room? Prospects? Younger NHL guys? Glad I don’t have to make these calls.

  16. hockeydon10 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    That Detroit suggestion isn’t as far out there as it may seem at first glance. While fans are always quick to jump on the rivalry bandwagon, the front offices know that it boils down to being a business. Plus there is that mutual past with Scotty Bowman.

    The thing is Detroit really has a bunch of guys that are centers (or were switched from their natural position of center to the wing).

    Centers on the Wings: Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Weiss, Helm, Abdelkader, Andersson, Glendening, Sheahan.

    Of course, a few of them have been playing wing for some time so they might have a bit of adjustment going back to center. Plus they’re all regulars in the Wings’ line-up. Alright, maybe not.

  17. bullwinkle88 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    If they’re looking for a 2C, why did they trade Pirri? The kid had the makings of a good 2C.

    • tas750 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Defensive liability, couldn’t win a face off, & a locker room pain in the ass! Speaking of locker rooms, idk whats wrong in Vancouver, i think its Kesler or the twins…..please do not bring Kesler to Chicago

  18. joeman26 - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    like to see the B’s go after him if they don’t resign JI

  19. sprtsfan1 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    The Hawks were only one goal away from winning the Stanley Cup last year. What’s to change? The youngsters are only going to get better. Sharpie had a bad playoff, that’s it.

    • cfos00 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      The problem isn’t that Sharp isn’t a good player. It’s that we can’t afford all of the good players that we’re going to have to pay. If it comes down to it, Sharp isn’t going to get kept over Kane, Keith, Toews, Saad, Hossa (that contract isn’t going anywhere), Corey (ditto), etc. So Sharpie might just end up the odd man out.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        Sharp’s an excellent player, and the reality is Hawks need the #2 C and honestly another good Dman.

        Giving up Hayes and Olsen for Versteeg continues to look worse and worse. Olsen was the top d-man in Rockford at th time, and Roz is aging.

  20. gianesin - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    I don’t think one person, even the author has brought up that Sharp has a MTC(Motified No Trade Clause). As for the terms of that clause, I’m not sure. This I do know, he does have some say in where he does or doesn’t go. That being said can put rest to some of the armchair GM talk(ie Sharp back to Philly or to the Ilanders). Sharp had been in the trade “rumor mill” Since the 2007 season(in which he was taken off the ice on deadline day) and he is still here.

  21. phtjoey - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    It’s a good time to trade Sharp. At 32 years of age his best seasons are behind him, and clearing up cap space will be a big benefit to the Hawks.

  22. dontbeadope - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Everybody’s an expert. The real Fact is any Blackhawk fan would gladly keep Sharp over a trade with Vancouver any day, any week, any month, forever. Unfortunately all you asshats think you have it figured out and Rocky values the fans as much as the team and as doubtful as he would ever trade Kane and Toews the same goes for Sharp. How about instead get rid of Crawford and his 50% choke rate in the last minute of every game.

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