Kypreos: Blackhawks dangling Patrick Sharp in search of centerman

Jun 24, 4:11 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks are reportedly dangling Patrick Sharp in an attempt to fortify their center-ice position, per Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos

"Sharp is out there right now," he said on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. "And we’re going to continue to hear some big names that are available."

The Los Angeles Kings owned the Blackhawks up the middle during the Western Conference final while Sharp was relegated to a third-line role at times throughout the postseason. 

The Blackhawks are desperate for a center that can play behind superstar Jonathan Toews, and Sharp represents an exemplary trade chip. 

Under contract long term at a reasonable figure, Sharp is a seven-time 20-goal scorer, a two-time Stanley Cup champion and an Olympic gold medalist that can fit into any top six league-wide. 

Names are thrown around loosely these days, but trading Sharp might be the only way Chicago can match wits with Los Angeles down the middle. 

Jun 25, 7:09 PM

'Absolutely no truth' to rumors of Blackhawks shopping Patrick Sharp, says agent

Jun 25, 7:09 PM

The name of star scoring winger and Canadian Olympian Patrick Sharp has been surprisingly bandied about in rumors this week ahead of the opening of the free agent market and the NHL Entry Draft. Those rumors should be taken with all of the salt in the shaker that hit Bruins president Cam Neely in Dumb and Dumber, at least to hear Sharp's agent Rick Curran tell it.

"There’s absolutely no truth to it," Currant told ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers on Wednesday. "They’re not trading him. He’s the last guy on the list who they would trade. He’s not available.

"Believe me, I’ve spoken to Stan a couple times, as recently as a few days ago. There’s absolutely no truth to it."

The Blackhawks have a need at second-line center, and Sharp is an All-Star quality winger who could presumably help net an impact pivot on the trade market. Despite Sharp's bulletproof resume and impressive production - he managed 34 goals and 78 points this season - his age (32) makes it a bit tough to imagine him as a centerpiece in a deal for one of the top centerman available on the trade market, most of whom play for teams looking to get younger. 

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