Blackhawks sign Patrick Sharp to 5 year extension

Blackhawks sign Patrick Sharp to 5 year extension

Wednesday afternoon, the Blackhawks announced that they had re-signed Patrick Sharp to a 5 year extension.  The contract begins at the start of the 2012-13 season, as Sharp has one year left on his current contract.  His new deal will pay him $5.9 million annually, and will carry a $5.9 million cap hit.  This year, Sharp will make $4.2 million, but that deal carries a cap hit of only $3.9 million.

This is a fantastic move, and a no brainer for the Hawks and Sharp.  He was their leading goal scorer (34) and finished third in team overall scoring, with 71 points.

It's an extremely reasonable cap hit for a player of Sharp's caliber.  He can play all three forward positions, and is a strong point man on the power play.  Sharp's versatility makes him in invaluable part of the Blackhawks' core...which is now completely locked up.

Sharp, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Marian Hossa, Dave Bolland, Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson are all signed long term. The team has also locked up their more important 2nd tier players, like Michael Frolik and Steve Montador.

That is a championship core.  The Hawks will be competitive for years to come, and Patrick Sharp will be a big reason for that.

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