Sharp will undergo season-ending hip surgery Tuesday, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. The 2016-17 campaign was anything but friendly to the veteran winger, as he experienced two concussions, trouble with his hip, and one heck of a time keeping up defensively on the way to a career-low minus-22 rating over 47 games. Unfortunately -- if that wasn't enough -- his father is also said to be receiving treatment for Leukemia. It was reported March 1 that Sharp would delay his surgery until after the season, but he evidently wanted to keep going despite the Stars having next to no shot at the playoffs. All is not lost, however, as Sharp reportedly has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy, with that coveted piece of hardware going to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Sharp scored a goal, recorded an assist and registered four shots on goal during Monday's win over Washington. It's been a disastrous season for the 35-year-old veteran, as Sharp has just eight goals and 18 points through 40 games. While health has clearly been an issue, he's also well past his prime and playing on a struggling club. Monday was a bright spot, but it's unlikely to become the norm. Sharp checks out as a fringe fantasy asset in the majority of seasonal leagues.
Sharp has been playing through an unknown ailment that will eventually require surgery, but he plans to keep playing as long as he can without undergoing the operation, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. This is a unique injury situation, as Sharp's situation appears to be something of a ticking time bomb -- he'll keep playing through the problem, but he could be forced into season-ending surgery at any time. Given those circumstances and the fact that the 35-year-old has just three points in his last 12 games, he's not a recommended fantasy play.
Sharp had an assist, a plus-1 rating and two shots in Sunday's loss to the Bruins. Even with some contributions Sunday, Sharp has been underwhelming this season. He has just 15 points in 36 games. However, in season-long formats, there may be some value in him if the Stars are able to trade him at the deadline. Sharp may be able to return to last season's form on a team where he's playing for something.
Sharp scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season in a 4-3 win against Buffalo on Thursday. It's been a tough season for Sharp with just 24 appearances due to injuries, but he's been very effective upon his return, scoring five goals and four assists in 13 games. Even though he's no longer one of the league's premier snipers, he still plays an important scoring depth role for the Stars. The good news about Sharp is that he has looked very dangerous of late with four goals in his past five games and continues to shoot the puck a lot, but the 35-year-old can be a feast-or-famine fantasy player.
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