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Sharp says so long to Chicago with heartfelt ad


Food for thought: maybe newspapers are the true winners of each offseason.

It’s almost a cliche at this point: when someone spends a long time in a city, that player (or even coach) will take a full-page newspaper advertisement out to say goodbye and thank you. Considering his lengthy stay with the Chicago Blackhawks, it’s no surprise that Patrick Sharp did just that, placing an ad with newspapers including the Chicago Tribune:

(Sharp must have at least 1,000 photos of himself with the Stanley Cup, right? It must have taken him a while to choose the right one for this spot …)

During Saturday’s introductory press conference, the 33-year-old said he wasn’t sure when he would touch base in Dallas, but he noted that his wife has never been to Texas. One can only imagine the conflicting emotions Sharp must be dealing with at the moment, as a long journey comes to an end … but at least the Stars show interesting promise.

Here’s the full text of his lengthy letter:

I arrived in Chicago in 2005, not knowing the journey that the Blackhawks would take me over the next 10 years. This team gave me an opportunity to play, to grow and become the person I am today. I will always be grateful for the time I spent here.

Winning the Stanley Cup once was a dream come true; winning it three times, with three different groups of teammates, coaches and trainers, was the ultimate privilege as a player. I feel an overwhelming sense of pride when I look back on all that we’ve accomplished together.

Thank you to Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough, Stan Bowman and the entire Blackhawks family for allowing me to be a part of a world-class organization on and off the ice. Thank you to the fans for embracing me as a player and accepting me as a part of Chicago.

This city has meant so much to me and my family: Three Stanley Cup victories. The birth of Madelyn Grace and Sadie Ellen. Endless memories from the fans, my friends and teammates. For the Sharp family, Chicago has become home.

Thank you,

Patrick, Abby, Madelyn and Sadie Sharp

Bowman on Oduya returning: ‘It’s still sort of a fluid situation’

Johnny Oduya

With the Blackhawks acquiring veteran defenseman Trevor Daley from the Dallas Stars in the Patrick Sharp trade, it appears Johnny Oduya’s days in Chicago are over.

According to the sources of Adrian Dater from Bleacher Report, the Blackhawks will not retain Oduya.

During a conference call to discuss the Sharp deal on Friday night, Hawks GM Stan Bowman didn’t close the door on Oduya re-signing in Chicago.

“I’m not going to rule anything out or in,” said Bowman per CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers. “It’s still sort of a fluid situation.”

On Friday afternoon, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Oduya plans to make a decision on his future next week. The 33-year-old has been waiting for the Blackhawks to clear cap space in order to re-sign in Chicago.

Oduya has spent parts of four seasons with the Blackhawks winning two Stanley Cups.

His three-year, $10.1 million deal expired on July 1 making him an unrestricted free agent.

Change of Heart: Stars acquire Sharp from Blackhawks

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Just prior to last month’s NHL Draft, a Dallas Stars official told The Dallas Morning News that Patrick Sharp was “not what we need right now.”

That was then.

On Friday, Dallas acquired Sharp along with defenseman Stephen Johns from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt.

Prior to the trade, the Blackhawks were $718,460 over the cap for next season.

Sharp, who was a member of all three of Chicago’s Stanley Cup wins, has two years remaining on his existing deal with a $5.9 million cap hit.

“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,” said Hawks’ GM Stan Bowman said in a statement. “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.

“He will forever be a Blackhawk and we wish him and his family nothing but the best in Dallas and beyond.”

Johns, 23, has yet to make his NHL debut.

The 6-foot-4, 233-pound blue liner registered a career-high four goals and 21 points in 51 AHL games with the Rockford IceHogs last season.

“Stephen adds to the corps of young defensemen that we have coming up in our system,” said Stars’ GM Jim Nill. “He brings an element of size and physicality to our mix and we look forward to him coming in and competing.”

Garbutt has spent parts of the past four seasons in Dallas. The 29-year-old scored eight goals and 25 points in 67 games last season.

Daley has two years left on his deal with a $3.3 million cap hit. The 31-year-old scored 16 goals and 38 points to go along with a minus-13 rating in 68 games last season.

“We want to thank both Trevor and Ryan for their contributions to the Dallas Stars,” said Nill. “Trevor has been an important piece of the Stars organization for many years and we could not be more grateful to him. The strong leadership he displayed both in the locker room and in the North Texas community has created a lasting impact on everyone around him. We wish them both the best.”

Related: Toews admits Chicago’s cap crunch feels ‘a lot like 2010′

UFA of the Day: Antoine Vermette

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Check PHT every day until June 30 for a new pending unrestricted free agent of the day. Today’s UFA of the Day is…

Antoine Vermette

As of this writing the Blackhawks have roughly $63.3 million in salary committed for the 2015-16 season, according to Generalfanager.com.

Chicago has a little more than $8 million to play with and several holes to fill, which means pending unrestricted free agent Antoine Vermette is likely headed to the open market this Wednesday.

The 32-year-old’s five-year, $18.75 million deal, which carried a cap hit of $3.75 million expires on July 1. Vermette finished the 2014-15 season with 13 goals, 38 points and a minus-25 rating. He added four goals and three assists in 20 playoff games.

“Obviously,” said Vermette when asked if he’d like to return earlier this month. “You want to win. We’ve done that. That’s something we’re going to cherish for the rest of our life. It’s special.”

However, in order for the Blackhawks to bring him back, Vermette would likely need to take a pay cut on the $3.75 million annual average value his expiring deal carried.

“In this case, hopefully guys want to be a part of something special here. We’d love to bring guys back. It’ll be a challenge financially,” Blackhawks’ GM Stan Bowman said of his pending UFAs. “Obviously the desire for players is to win. That’s why they play. So there’s always a point — what is enough for them? And that’s something I can’t answer.

“But we know that all of our guys that have been here for a long time, they all sacrificed. They all took less money because they wanted to be part of something special. They probably all left money on the table. But I think if you talk to them , they’re pretty excited right now with the group they were part of, as opposed to getting every last nickel.”

In the end it could come down to who is more affordable between Vermette and Brad Richards for Bowman. It’s unlikely that the Blackhawks will be able to hang on to both given their current cap state.

“Decisions will be made,” said Vermette. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with this team.”

Related: UFA of the Day: Johnny Oduya

Agent: Blackhawks have ‘no intention’ of trading Sharp

Patrick Sharp

According to the agent for Patrick Sharp, the Blackhawks will not be dealing the forward prior to Monday’s deadline.

Rick Curran told Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune that he spoke with GM Stan Bowman on Thursday and was assured the Blackhawks have “no intention” of trading Sharp.

The 33-year-old has two years remaining on his five-year, $29.5 million contract, which carries a cap hit of $5.9 million.

Sharp has 10 goals and 22 assists to go along with a minus-13 rating in 49 games this season.