The Final Consensus
In the past, reunions haven’t worked out so well. Kris Versteeg came back for two seasons, and performed at a decent level. He played like he always did, despite Blackhawks fans expecting much more from him.
Trading for Andrew Ladd at the 2016 trade deadline was a bust, mostly because the Blackhawks gave way too much away for a pure rental. He had 12 points in 19 games, which is actually pretty good. But the Blackhawks’ inability to make it past the first round made the whole deadline deal worse.
Johnny Oduya‘s return was alright at first, then substantially went down hill towards the end of the regular season and in the playoffs. He only had two points in 15 games with the Blackhawks after the trade, and his possession stats were…yikes.
I think, for the right price, bringing Patrick Sharp back would be a good thing. He’s coming off of hip surgery, but he should be in great shape at the start of the season. He’d be able to fill in on the wing, most likely on the third line. In my opinion, bringing Sharp back would be like signing an older guy such as Patrick Marleau or Joe Thornton, who are going to be way more expensive than Sharp will be. It’s a short-term investment, but it would be a good chance to take.
For what it’s worth, Mark Lazerus said he hasn’t heard of a lot of rumors regarding Patrick Sharp. He stated that there’s lots of interest from Sharp’s camp, but not as much from the Blackhawks’ side. So this could possibly just be talk, but anything can happen during the offseason. As hockey fans, we know that much.