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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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Feb 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) is defended by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) during the third period at the United Center. Dallas won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) is defended by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) during the third period at the United Center. Dallas won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

Why They Shouldn’t

One of the problems is the Blackhawks’ cap issues. They’re sitting $1.5 million above the cap hit, since Marian Hossa cannot be placed on LTIR until the second day of the season. This gives Stan Bowman only a small amount of room to work with this offseason.

The second dilemma is with Sharp’s age. He’s going to turn 36 years old during the regular season. Sharp only had 18 points in 48 games with the Dallas Stars last season. However, he struggled with injuries last season, including major hip surgery that ultimately ended his year. The year before, Sharp had 55 points in 78 games. That was pretty good for a 34-year-old.

Other than last season, Sharp hasn’t dealt with a lot of major injuries throughout his career. He’s only been placed on IR twice, both times with Dallas due to concussion-like symptoms last season. Obviously, it’s never good to have a concussion, especially as you get older. The injury issues have only been recent, but it’s still concerning.

Another problem is, as mentioned before, Sharp doesn’t exactly fit in with the Blackhawks’ youth movement they’re trying to achieve. Bowman has directly said he wants the team to get younger. Adding Sharp to the equation doesn’t help at all. In fact, it makes the team substantially older. However, you could say the same for Brian Campbell, a player a lot of Blackhawks fans would like to see return for one more year.

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