The Chicago Blackhawks could be on the verge of some big changes.
The Blackhawks recently discussed a possible trade with the Washington Capitals that would send forward Patrick Sharp to D.C., according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune. It’s unclear at this point where those talks went or if they’re even still alive, as Kuc offered no more information.
Chicago recently has looked like a team in need of some sort of shake-up. The Hawks were blown out Friday night in a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the perennial Stanley Cup contenders lately have looked like a shell of the team everyone expects to see.
One would expect the return in any deal for Sharp — real or hypothetical — would have to be sizable. The Blackhawks aren’t in danger of missing the playoffs at the moment, but they can’t afford to trade offense and not get an equal return. The team already is without leading scorer Patrick Kane, who will miss up to 12 weeks with a shoulder injury suffered earlier this week.
Sharp certainly hasn’t lived up to expectations this season. He has four 30-goal seasons with the Hawks and hasn’t scored fewer than 20 in any full season with Chicago, but he has just 10 goals and 22 assists in 49 games this season. Additionally, Sharp still has two seasons left on his contract after this season, carrying a $5.9 million salary cap hit over the duration of the deal.
The NHL trade deadline is Monday.
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