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Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp Rumors Won’t Go Away

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Feb 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) during their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Stars 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) during their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Stars 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 13, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period game five of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period game five of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Why They Should

Even though general manager Stan Bowman wants the team to get younger, having Sharp could help out the younger guys tremendously. He’s won three Stanley Cups, and he’s played 869 games in the NHL. He’s very experienced, and is a great leader on and off the ice. The only reason Sharp was traded in 2015 is because he was one of the many victims of the Blackhawks’ salary cap room, or lack thereof.

While Patrick Sharp is older and doesn’t fit in with the Blackhawks attempts to get younger, I still think he’s a good fit. In his 10 season with Chicago, he had 511 points (239 goals, 272 assists) in 679 regular season games. That’s 0.75 points per game. He also had 81 points in 129 playoff games, which is 0.63 points per game. Yeah, Patrick Sharp was kind of good with the Blackhawks.

Sharp has been productive throughout his entire career, despite his past injury issues. In the 2013-2014 season, he scored a career-high 78 points while playing a full 82 games. His Corsi-for at even strength has not been below fifty percent since his first season with the Blackhawks. In all situations, Sharp’s Corsi-for has never been below fifty percent. All of these statistics show that he’s got great puck possession in all zones on the ice.

Also, he can contribute in multiple ways. He can be on the second powerplay unit, if necessary, as well as eat up some minutes on penalty kill. Sharp can be utilized in so many different ways. Just because he’s aging does not mean he’s not dynamic anymore. He may not be the same player he used to be, but Patrick Sharp is still worth bringing back at the right price.

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