Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks Agree on 5-Year Extension

Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks Agree on 5-Year Extension
Where do we begin with Sharp? He's on pace to be the first Blackhawks player to score 40 goals in a season since Tony Amonte in 1999-2000, and he's been doing it while the roster seems to fall apart around him every night. He leads the team with 41 points, on pace to shatter his career high of 66 (set last year).

On Wednesday morning, the Chicago Blackhawks announced a five-year extension has been reached with forward Patrick Sharp. The deal reportedly has a $5.9M cap hit.

The 2011 NHL All-Star Game MVP had one year left on his current deal, which had a $3.9M cap number.

According to the release on the Hawks’ site:

“Patrick is a very important member of our organization and we are looking forward to him being part of a core group that will be a contender for many years to come,” Blackhawks Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman said. “Over the last several years we have seen him develop into one of the game’s elite players as well as a fixture in the community and we are proud to be able to announce this news today.”

Sharp, 29, had a career-best 71 points in 74 regular season games last year, including 34 goals.

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