For all you ladies out there have no fear because Patrick Sharp is going to be wearing the Indianhead Sweater for a while longer.
In a surprising move the Blackhawks have announced that they have signed forward Patrick Sharp to a 5 year extension worth just under $30 million. His average cap hit will be about $5.9 million per season. Sharp is coming off a stellar season if not a bit shortened due to injuries would have been a career year.
Since coming over in a trade from the Flyers in 2005 Sharpie has scored 150 goals and 151 assists in 427 games. He has 5 straight seasons scoring over 20 goals and won MVP of last season's All-Star game. He also has totaled 38 points over the past 3 seasons in the playoffs and if it wasn't for Jonathan Toews it may have been Sharpie hoisting the Conn Smyth since he has 22 points during the Stanley Cup run.
Patrick who will turn 30 on December 27 can play center or either wing and is a key contributor on both the power play and penalty kill. The number may be higher then many people expected but with the cleared up cap problems this may be an example of GM Stan Bowman rewarding a guy who was here when things were bad and helped turn this team around.
With the signing of Sharp it locks up the core of Toews, Kane, Sharp, Hossa, Keith and Seabrook all till at least the 2015 season. I guess we can also add defenseman Steve Montador to the list since with the deal he signed expires then as well. 2015 will be the next season of concern as both Toews and Kaner will be up for new deals then but I really don't wanna start worrying about that now. They also have goaltender Corey Crawford, center Dave Bolland and forward Michael Frolik all signed through 2014 so the Hawks won't have much to worry about over the next few seasons besides filling in role players around this very talented core.
Congrats to Stan Bowman and Patrick Sharp for both agreeing on the deal and getting it out of the way so we don't have to worry about it all season long like we have done in the past with Toews, Kane, Keith and Seabrook. I know it is a hugh relief to all parties.
Also I threw this out on twitter and don't be surprised 10 years from now if #10 is being raised to the rafter at the UC on Patrick Sharp Heritage night.