With Monday’s trade deadline looming, and Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman actively seeking at least one more trade after acquiring defenseman Kimmo Timonen on Friday night, speculation has been rampant about who the Hawks might get, and who they might give up.
According to his agent, Rick Curran, it won’t be Patrick Sharp.
Curran said he spoke with Bowman this week.
“He’s got no intentions of trading Patrick Sharp,” Curran said.
Two sources told the Sun-Times that Sharp was indeed in play, and that the Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings have shown at least some interest. Over the years, several teams have inquired about Sharp’s availability, and a source said last spring that the Hawks were shopping him around. Curran said at that time that Bowman had given him a similar assurance, and in the end Sharp wasn’t moved.
Curran didn’t want to speculate beyond this season. The Hawks will be facing a cap crunch, and Sharp — with two years left on his contract and an average annual value of $5.9 million — will be a prime candidate to be moved.
“Stan Bowman doesn’t ever want to trade Patrick Sharp,” Curran said. “Having said that, what happens over the summer is something all clubs have to go through, with respect to the cap.”
Sharp has a modified no-trade clause, which means that if the Hawks notified him that they wanted to trade him, he’d have 24 hours to submit a list of 10 teams that he’d be willing to go to.