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Sharp’s agent shoots down ‘Hawks trade rumors

Jun 25, 2014, 8:17 PM EDT

Like several other contenders, the Chicago Blackhawks are on a quest to add a quality second-line center, but Patrick Sharp‘s agent Rick Curran told ESPN Chicago’s Scott Powers that his client won’t be involved in a trade to acquire such an asset.

Curran shot those rumors down with authority on Wednesday.

“There’s absolutely no truth to it,” Currant said. “They’re not trading him. He’s the last guy on the list who they would trade. He’s not available.

“Believe me, I’ve spoken to Stan a couple times, as recently as a few days ago. There’s absolutely no truth to it.”

Actually, Currant’s words were downright hostile at times in relation to the Sharp scuttlebutt:

Well, wow.

Now, the Blackhawks didn’t provide Powers with a comment one way or another regarding Sharp, so there’s always the possibility that GM Stan Bowman would like to move Sharp.

Even if he does, moving the 32-year-old could be tricky. There are three years remaining on Sharp’s contract ($5.9 million cap hit), which importantly includes a modified no-trade clause. If Sharp doesn’t want to be traded, he could make things more difficult for Chicago, if not blocking a move altogether.

It’s not as if Sharp isn’t worth keeping, anyway. He was nearly a point-per-game player (78 points in 82 games) in 2013-14 and stands as a nice two-way player as well.

Powers points out that trading Sharp isn’t the only way to land a two-way center, anyway:

The Blackhawks possess some valuable prospects who could be packaged with a veteran to entice another team. They might be able to work out a trade if they include one of their up-and-coming defensemen, the rights to Kevin Hayes, a 2010 first-round pick who they aren’t likely going to sign, and even someone like Jeremy Morin, who has proven he can score at the NHL level, and include someone on the current roster to help provide cap relief. If the Blackhawks can get a little creative, they can hold onto their present and future core pieces and still upgrade at second-line center.

That doesn’t mean it will be an easy task.

  1. snipedanglecelly13 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    I’m pretty sure the last person they want to trade is toews or Kane….not sharp lol

    • ngsm31 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Beat me to the comment board…..

  2. McFaddensPulledHammy - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    “He’s not available.” Sure. Wayne Gretzky got traded. Everyone is available for the right price.

    • scout202sport - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      Gretzky trade was a completely different situation. However, I see you point and agree

  3. hawksin5 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    so this, in essence, with the other rumors are that sharp, TT, and saad aren’t going anywhere. we know that kane, toews, hossa, keith, seabrook, and hjalmarsson are listed as untouchables. we all have also heard shaw and kruger are HIGHLY unlikely to go anywhere.
    this means morin, leddy, shaw, brookbank, bollig, roszy, versteeg, bickell, nordstrom, oduya, rundblad, all of our picks, and prospects are the pieces available to go to VAN for kesler. question is… would they take any of those pieces as a package?
    and my own PERSONAL question is, would stan consider crawford? Van would like a true #1 goalie, and IMO i don’t trust crow as a $6 million goalie. do we have enough faith in RAANTA to consider dumping 6 mil and sending crow back to a team that could use him? idk

    • puckoff70 - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Yes, big fat goalie Crawford is mediocre at best.

  4. statsdolie - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Simple enough a bag of pucks and Chicago can have Vincent lecavlier

  5. comeonnowguys - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    It would seem, then, that Vancouver would want Saad, Teuvo–or both. Saad has to be a dealbreaker. At least I hope so.

    So… Spezza?

    P.S. Sharp has to be a piece that moves to keep Kane and Toews.

  6. hockeyornothing - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Sharp probably staying. I would really hate to lose Morin but if he goes elsewhere and plays (like Pirri) then good for him if he gets traded. Rather want Kesler than Spezza. Spezza seems like a good fit for St. Louis IMO

    Time will tell !

  7. twesty85 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    There is no way that Sharp is going to be traded right now. Maybe the last year of his contract they’ll consider it, but there is no sense in trading one of your top players who has great chemistry with the team just for a second line center. Any trade for a second line center involving Sharp would be a step back so i just don’t see it happening. UNLESS someone is willing to over pay for Sharp which probably wont happen. Here is my list of players currently on the roster i would be willing to let go: Bollig, Versteeg, Leddy, and maybe even Bickell depending on what we’d get back.

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