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Former Chicago Blackhawks We’d Like To See, Not See Again In Chicago

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Apr 2, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) brings the puck up ice as Buffalo Sabres left wing C.J. Smith (49) pursues during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 2, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) brings the puck up ice as Buffalo Sabres left wing C.J. Smith (49) pursues during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 28, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Penguins 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Patrick Sharp

The argument has two clear sides right now regarding Sharp possibly returning to Chicago. On one side, you have those who see a guy familiar with Chicago’s system coming in on a cheap, one-year deal like Brain Campbell did last season. He could be used in a bottom-six role and bump up to the top six if necessary.

On the other side, you have those who see a 35-year-old guy who has had some nasty injury issues of late, including a hip surgery and multiple concussions. You see a risk of using precious cap space on a guy who could be one hit from retirement.

We all know what Sharp did in Chicago. And he had a solid 55 points in 76 games for Dallas in 2015-16 before last season saw him spend a ton of time injured. Sharp probably wants to come back to Chicago, and he could serve a useful mentoring role in the bottom six at a Campbell-like price. But as beat up as he is, I just don’t see it.

Should Blackhawks want him back: No.

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