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Blackhawks lock up Sharp with five-year extension

Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 1:42 pm

By Brian Stubits

The Chicago Blackhawks cleared enough space in the past couple of offseasons to keep the core of the team together. Now they are locking up those guys, the most recent being Patrick Sharp, who the 'Hawks inked to a five-year extension on Wednesday.

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the deal will be for an average salary of $5.9 million. Using quick work of my math skills, that's $29.5 million over the five years.

Sharp is coming off a spectacular season for Chicago, having led the team with 34 goals and chipping in 37 assists in 74 games. The 34 goals were two shy of his career high, set back in 2007-08 with Chicago.

"Patrick is a very important member of our organization and we are looking forward to him being part of a core group that will be a contender for many years to come," Blackhawks Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman said. "Over the last several years we have seen him develop into one of the game’s elite players as well as a fixture in the community and we are proud to be able to announce this news today."

The extension is a fantastic move by the Blackhawks as Sharp is truly an instrumental piece to their puzzle. The dynamic duo of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane draws the brunt of spotlight, and rightfully so, but Sharp is as key a piece as either in Chicago. It's hard to call a guy who won the All-Star Game MVP underrated, so we won't, but perhaps he's a little unheralded.

Not that there was any concern the Blackhawks wouldn't keep Sharp around, but it's always nice to get it wrapped up and not have to worry about future negotiations.

Sharp is still scheduled to make $4.2 million next season with a cap hit of $3.9 million, the final year of his previous contract, after which he would have become an unrestricted free agent. The 'Hawks now have themselves a large core under contract to make another run at Lord Stanley's Cup.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 9:31 am

Blackhawks lock up Sharp with five-year extension

Pile of bad jasonwedge?  Da Bears made it to the conference championship last Da Bulls.  Why don't you lump Da Bulls in there too?  Even though I hate to say it but the Sox are right in the division hunt.  The Cubs on the other hand....well you are right on 1 of the 3.  Plus how is this good news?  Sharpy was part of the "core" last year for the Hawks and we embarased ourselves by barely making it into the playoffs and then got knocked out in Round 1.  How is this year or the next 5 years going to be any different?  Same team. 

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:46 am

Blackhawks lock up Sharp with five-year extension

Guy is clutch and wears the Red Wings out. He's been every bit a part of the resurgence of the Hawks as Toews and Kane have been, but he's never done anything more than his job. A rare past-due pay day in the modern NHL.

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 5:18 pm

Blackhawks lock up Sharp with five-year extension

He's Not a center, he has had to fill in for that position because the coach asked him to.

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 4:42 pm

Blackhawks lock up Sharp with five-year extension

We will be drinking from Lord Stanley's Cup again this year

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 4:25 pm

Blackhawks lock up Sharp with five-year extension

It's a kick in the stones everytime I see how successful this dude became.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 4:16 pm

Blackhawks lock up Sharp with five-year extension

Good Chicago sports news in a pile of bad...(Bears/Cubs/Sox).  5 years a little long but glad he will be back. 

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Posted on: August 3, 2011 3:28 pm
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Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 3:23 pm

Blackhawks lock up Sharp with five-year extension

Here come the Hawks the mighty Blackhawks...

Being a lifelong Hawks fan it was very discouraging  to see them have to dismantle their championship roster last year because of the salary cap.  And even this year, as much as I have hated to see players like Campbell and Brouwer go, this signing of Patrick Sharp to a 5 year extension has reminded me again why all of the subtractions over the past year or so have been necessary.

The Blackhawks have a great core of players(Kane, Toews, Sharp, Hossa, Bolland, Crawford, Keith and Seabrook) that are all signed for several years or longer to build another championship team around.  Now they just need to find the right roster fillers to try and replicate the team chemistry they had in 2009-10.  Frolik and Bickell seem to be a couple of nice players and Ben Smith looked outstanding in the playoffs.  Plus they seemed to sign some players with promise already this year.

I'm not predicting another Cup, although it would be nice, but with that core of players in the fold the Blackhawks should be among the NHL's elite teams for many years.

Let's go HAWKS!

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 3:19 pm

Blackhawks lock up Sharp with five-year extension

You can probably see Hockeybob's grin from space (no sattelite required).
lol....and maybe finally people will be able to hear the excitement in my voice on this site finally.

Thrilled about the contract being handled so far out in front of the season.   Wasn't expecting this to be worked out so soon.    Admittedly, I'm not that thrilled about the 5 years, but I'm okay with the annual cap hit of Leino's contract + 1.4 mil.   He'll be 36 for the cup run at the end of the deal, we'll see how the mileage treats him.   With Kane, Toews, and Hossa, his 2-way play and positional flexibility goes largely unappreciated, look out if he's allowed to play the wing again.   Bowman has 9 forwards (+ Olesz and 4 high prospects) on the books for the next two years and 5 dmen and 3 defensive prospects on the books for 2 or more years too.    If next year goes well, they'll have the same team for the most part the next season. 

I'm very happy the deal was done so far ahead of the start of the season.    I would buy Stan a beer, if he would ever return a call.

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