Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Hockey fans everywhere were abuzz when a rumor surfaced that Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Sharp had been placed on the trading block. There was speculation among Hawks fans that this might be the case. Sharp is coming off of a career regular season in 2013-14 when he lead the Blackhawks in scoring with 78 points. During the postseason though, his scoring took a steep drop. His trade value right now may be as high as it ever was, or will be.
The Blackhawks have been searching for a true 2nd line center for a long while, and trading Sharp may produce one. High profile players on the trade block such as Ryan Kesler and Jason Spezza would both be perfect fits in Chicago’s 2nd line center role, and could both be acquired by trading Sharp.
Sharp’s agent, Rick Curran, sharply (no pun intended) denied the rumors of him being shopped at all. Curran claims that he has been assured by Hawks general manager Stan Bowman that there is no truth to these rumors.
Kesler has said that he either wants to be a member of the Blackhawks or the Pittsburgh Penguins next season. That is why I believe this rumor came about in the first place.
Could this mean that Chicago is losing faith in Patrick Sharp? Do they believe that he is going to quickly decline these next few years? Or could it be the opposite? Does Chicago believe that they should keep the core together and that it will still be able to be a contending core for years to come?
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