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The top three trades in the history of the Chicago Blackhawks

By Justin Klawans
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Patrick Sharp #10, Chicago Blackhawks
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3. Sharpy comes to the Windy City- December 2005

The Blackhawks snagged one of the biggest pieces of their Stanley Cup dynasty in 2005. General manager Dale Tallon made a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers that would bring Patrick Sharp to Chicago.

The Blackhawks really didn’t have to give up much in this trade. Matt Ellison was a Chicago draft pick that only ended up playing 36 games for the team. He ended up never really being able to break into the NHL, and last played professional hockey in the Russian KHL in 2019.

Despite this, though, Ellison still had some decent upside to him, as his career was still in its infancy. In exchange, the ‘Hawks got an AHL utility player in Eric Meloche, and of course, Patrick Sharp.

Sharp had a memorable NCAA career with the University of Vermont but didn’t end up getting drafted until the third round. While most third-rounders do eventually break into the NHL, the Flyers evidently felt okay giving up Sharp in order to receive another third-round pick.

However, this pick eventually ended up in the hands of the Montreal Canadiens via another trade. So not only did the Flyers lose out on a prime Patrick Sharp, they never got much out of the deal. On the flip side, the Blackhawks acquired an integral part of their Stanley Cup dynasty, and a player who has become synonymous with the team, even after his retirement.

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