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Report: Blackhawks in early talks with several teams about Sharp, including Capitals

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The Chicago Blackhawks are apparently shopping forward Patrick Sharp, and more than one NHL club has reportedly shown interest.

Several teams have engaged in preliminary talks with the Blackhawks about Sharp, but they haven't reached the point of serious negotiations with any of them, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports.

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The Washington Capitals are reportedly among the teams that have inquired about Sharp.

Chicago and Washington reportedly engaged in trade discussions involving Sharp in late February prior to the trade deadline.

At least eight teams have expressed legitimate interest in the 33-year-old, but talks remain in the early stages, reports Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Sharp has two years remaining at an annual cap hit of $5.9 million. He is eligible for unrestricted free agency prior to the 2017-18 season.

He is a seven-time 20-goal scorer and three-time Stanley Cup champion. He notched 43 points in 68 games in 2014-15.

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