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Sharp’s stay in Chicago is Over

 

 

The predominant core is no more in Chicago.

TeamBlackhawksThe Blackhawks have traded away their longtime forward, three- time Stanley Cup Champion and one of the top scorers in Blackhawks history: Patrick Sharp.  Stephan Johns went with Sharp to Dallas in exchange for defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt.

Patrick Sharp has been one of the top scorers for the Hawks in his tenure in Chicago.  He brings speed and a great wrist shot whenever he steps on the ice.  Sharp has been a huge part of the three Stanley Cups in six years, and will definitely be missed by not only his teammates but by the die-hard fans of the Blackhawks.

 

Stan Bowman, the Blackhawks general manager, released this statement Friday night following the news that Sharp was shipped down south.

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 24:  Stan Bowman of the Chicago Blackhawks hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

“On behalf of the entire Blackhawks organization, I’d like to thank Patrick for all that he helped our franchise accomplish during his time in Chicago, especially serving an integral role in bringing us three Stanley Cup championships,” Bowman went on to say, “He was one of our leaders on the ice, most notably as an alternate captain for several seasons, as well as off the ice with his countless contributions and volunteer work with team partners, sponsors and Blackhawks fans everywhere. He will forever be a Blackhawk and we wish him and his family nothing but the best in Dallas and beyond.”

Stan Bowman is the leader of this organization.  The moves and players that he drafts continue to make him one of the most successful GM’s in the NHL.  He knows what is best for the teams and has shown that in recent years.  Another thing Bowman is good at is getting quality players in return for his guys.TrevorDaley

The hawks acquired two players from the Dallas Stars: Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt.

Daley, 31, had NHL career highs with 16 goals, 22 assists and 38 points in 68 regular-season games last season with the Stars.  He has spent all eleven seasons of his NHL career.  The Stars drafted him in the second round in the 2002 draft

Dallas Stars left wing Ryan Garbutt gathers his equipment to leave the ice with a bloody face during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Boston on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. The Stars won 3-2 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Garbutt, 29, had 25 points last season which was made up of eight goals.  He is a great defenseman but also contributes a lot to the goal scoring.  Bowman speaks highly of him: he’s certainly on an uptick with his offensive game, and I think certainly in today’s game, having somebody at the back end that can score at that rate is a nice weapon to have.”

Both will look to be key contributors to the Hawks next season.  While the Hawks have lost key players such as Sharp, Saad, Vermette, Richards, Rosival, Bowman has executed very well to replace the talent lost.  Bowam got Dano from Columbus, a young, fast forward that is a star in the making.  He also managed to get Trevor Daley, who is coming off a career high year and has the goal scoring ability just like Patrick Sharp.

The Blackhawks may continue to makes moves.  Bryan Bickell has been on the block due to his low productivity the past season.  Kris Versteeg is another who may have to be moved to free up some more space.  The two-time Cup Champion with the Hawks Johnny Oduya is a free agent and is expected to make his decision soon if he will return.  Reports are that Oduya is waiting for the Hawks to free up cap room so that he gets what he wants.  No one wants players to leave, but with a hard cap, it’s hard to keep the winning team together.

 

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