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For someone “not being shopped,” there is definitely a lot of buzz surrounding Chicago’s Patrick Sharp. Sharp led his team with 34 goals and 44 assists last season and would appear to be one of those players worth building around instead of letting other teams build around him.
Depending on who you read, this may purely be rumor, or there could be some truth to it. What ignited the rumor was what Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet said on the radio. That pushed the dominoes over so Sharp’s agent, Rick Curran, then told The Chicago Tribune:
"I had met with Stan about six or seven days earlier and I knew there was absolutely no truth to anyone suggesting that in spite of whatever negotiations were going on on behalf of Toews and Kane that Patrick Sharp was available for trade, because he's not," Curran said. "Then when Kypreos said it, knowing that it wasn't true, I just got really pissed off. There's no way a guy should say it with such certainty when it's absolutely not true. So I called Stan, because I recognize that things can change, and said 'Is there any change?' And he said, 'Absolutely not.'
There is no way this guy should get away with saying what he said and have Patrick and his family have to suffer the consequences of an absolutely irresponsible remark.
When allowed to ruminate on the topic, CBS Sports’ Brian Stubits wrote:
So parting with Sharp and his $5.9 million per year cap hit for the next three seasons starts to make even more sense. Ideally the Blackhawks would believe it easier to find a replacement on the wing for Sharp than trying to fill this center hole that has been an ongoing issue despite their success.
It’s anyone’s guess at this point, which is the contract you sign during rumor season. He's had a ton of success in the past three full NHL seasons with 33, 34 and 34 goals. Perhaps that can be credited to having such strong offensive teammates, but that kind of production doesn't get replaced. Rather, it's often missed.