The 2015 Stanley Cup champions are sending some of their star players over to the Dallas Stars this offseason.
Beloved Chicago Blackhawks player, Patrick Sharp, along with defensemen Stephen Johns have been traded to the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt.
The decision was made on Friday, after salary caps were settled. Sharp has two years remaining on his current contract, on which he earns an average of $5.9 million per season. Daley and Garbutt will make $5.1 million combined over the next two seasons. ESPN’s Craig Custance reports that the Stars will be retaining half of Garbutt’s remaining contract. Factoring in the $800,000 Johns would have made staying with the Stars, the cap savings come out to about $2.5 million for the Blackhawks.
Blackhawks are not done constructing their roster for the upcoming season, still needing to re-sign restricted free agent, Marcus Kruger and possibly bring back defenseman, Johnny Oduya. However, the addition of Daley could alter those plans.
33-year-old Patrick Sharp scored 16 goals and recorded 27 assists for the Blackhawks in 68 regular season games this season, posting a total of 43 points. He led the Blackhawks’ season with eight power play goals and 230 shots on net, finishing second on the team. The fan-favorite player played for the Philadelphia Flyers, prior to being traded to Chicago and winning three Stanley Cups in six years (2010, 2013, 2015). Sharp has played a total of 12 years in the NHL, appearing in 745 career regular-season games and acquiring 526 career points. He was also selected as the MPV of the 2011 NHL All-Star Game.
Dallas Stars General Manager, Jim Nill, is quite pleased with acquiring the 6’1, 198lb. Winnipeg, Manitoba native.
“Patrick’s track record speaks for itself having won three Stanley Cups, a Calder Cup and an Olympic gold medal,” Nill said. “He will provide leadership for our group and we love his shoot first mentality.”
23-year-old Stephen Johns will be joining Sharp in the move to Dallas. Chicago selected him in the second round (60th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. Jim Nill says the 6’3, 229lb. Pennsylvania native will bring along some vital skills that the Stars are in need of, “Stephen adds to the corps of young defensemen that we have coming up in our system. He brings an element of size and physicality to our mix and we look forward to him coming in and competing.”
As for the Blackhawks, they have lost Brad Richards and Antoine Vermente in free agency and have traded Patrick Sharp, Stephen Johns, and Brandon Saad. They have gained Viktor Tikhonov and Artemy Panarin in free agency, as well as Trevor Daley, Ryan Garbutt, Jeremy Morin, and Corey Trop.
Their new player, 31-year-old Trevor Daley, scored 16 goals, 22 assists, and 38 points in 68 regular-season games during his last season in Dallas, some career highs for the Toronto native. In total, Daley has posted 231 points in 756 career regular-season games during his 11 seasons with the Stars. Dallas picked up Daley in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft. He shared seventh among NHL defensemen with six power play goals and ranked second on his team, with 123 blocked shots.
Winnipeg native, Ryan Garbutt, scored 25 points in 67 regular-season games last season, in Dallas, achieving a career high in assists. The 29-year-old ranked fourth on the team with 55 penalty minutes and 143 shots on goal. He also shared ninth with 82 hits. Garbutt has tallied 70 points throughout his 198 career games with the Stars.
Although all those traded are valuable players, the one that hits home most with fans has to be Patrick Sharp. Sharp is known for his skills on the ice, as well as his good looks, having been named one of Chicago Magazine’s ‘50 Most Beautiful Chicagoans.’
Sharp will be greatly missed by the city of Chicago.
Blackhawks’ Stan Bowman released a statement in the trade announcement, stating, “On behalf of the entire Blackhawks organization, I’d like to thank Patrick for all that he helped our franchise accomplish during his time in Chicago, especially serving an integral role in bringing us three Stanley Cup championships.”
“He was one of our leaders on the ice, most notably as an alternate captain for several seasons, as well as off the ice with his countless contributions and volunteer work with team partners, sponsors, and Blackhawks fans everywhere,” Bowman continued. “He will forever be a Blackhawk and we wish him and his family nothing but the best in Dallas and beyond.”