Well, you knew this was coming.
has been rumored to be on the list of potential (re)additions that the Blackhawks have mutual interest in. After spending a decade with Chicago and winning three Stanley Cups, Sharp ended up with the Dallas Stars and has performed as a shell of his former self. While injuries have hindered him over the last season, Sharp has shown in short bursts that he still can be a formidable option for any club. Getting past concussion concerns and a recent off-season hip surgery, if Sharp was willing to take a
-type deal with Chicago, he could be that third-line scoring winger Chicago needs on a low-risk, high-reward deal. But, it is hard to get past the injury concerns.
- One name that always seems to be linked to the Blackhawks come Free Agency or the NHL trade deadline is Martin Hanzal. A former first-round pick of the Arizona Coyotes, Hanzal has not performed as such. But that is not to say that Hanzal is a bust, he just plays a different role since he has reached the NHL. Not a large point-producer, Hanzal is a big-body center at six-foot-six and nearly 230-pounds and is the kind of third-line center the Blackhawks could use to add size and win face-offs. Hanzal has a career face-off win percentage of 51.9% and hasn’t dipped below 54% since the strike-shortened 2013 season.
The biggest need Chicago has is on defense. If they can shore up a player like Alzner, the blue-line group would look a lot more serviceable on opening night. The problem with a deal with Alzner, and realistically with any free agent this off-season, is the money.
The overall crop of players available that the Blackhawks could realistically sign is not deep, and the fear of over-paying is real. Stan Bowman and the front office group has their work cut out for them to get Chicago back to planning Stanley Cup rallies and parades.