The Chicago Blackhawks announced last night that they had traded Patrick Sharp and prospect Stephen Johns to the Dallas Stars, in exchange for defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt.
Sharp, at 33 years-old was a part of all three of the ‘Hawks recent Stanley Cup victories (2010, 2013 and 2015), and has been a key contributor ever since he put on the famous Blackhawks sweater. He participated in 679 regular-season games over 10 seasons for Chicago, tallying 511 points (239 goals, 272 assists) during that time. He also skated in 129 playoff match-ups, where he accumulated 81 points with 41 goals during his tenure with both the ‘Hawks and the Philadelphia Flyers who traded him in 2005.
It’s been reported that Sharp was shipped off due to cap issues, (Sharp was carrying a salary of $5.9 million annually) as Chicago needed to clear space because of the new salary restrictions. This means teams like the Blackhawks who are ‘in it to win it’ so to speak, meaning they’ll trade for rentals at the deadline to improve their hopes of winning it all, have to clear house to a certain extent at the end of each season. That’s why we see a star like Patrick Sharp be traded away for lower end/depth players.
Although nothing special, Chicago have added depth at the defensive end by bringing in a forever reliable guy like Trevor Daley, who will no doubt only strengthen a blueline that’s already one of the league’s best with the likes of 2015 Conn Smythe winner Duncan Keith.
Ryan Garbutt on the other hand brings a slightly different edge. He can agitate the hell out of players and is one of the league’s premier pests, but he can also be productive and chip in with vital goals.
Despite being a depth trade, in acquiring Daley and Garbutt the Blackhawks have added two guys who know the game and are willing to do whatever it takes to win.
Neither team have been hurt by this trade. The Stars are only going to get better, they’re already an offensive force with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin leading the charge, put a guy like Patrick Sharp on a team with those guys, things are only going to progress positively. They have lost a defensive leader in Daley, who will no doubt be missed, as despite the offensive talent, defensively, Dallas aren’t great.
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