Three Potential Landing Spots for Patrick Sharp if He is Not Signed

Patrick Sharp is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion who will be most likely looking for a new home this summer.  For Sharp, the 2016-2017 season was one he would like to forget. He played in 48 games and scored 8 goals and recorded 10 assists for 18 points. This season, the Dallas Stars have many young players that are going to have to be re-signed. Sharp is coming off a 5 year, $29.5 million contract which was worth $5.9 million a season and will likely have to take a pay cut. At the age of 35, he will have to take more of a depth role with a contending team or be placed on the first or second line with a younger rebuilding team. Here are three possible teams where his veteran presence can still have an impact:

  1. Philadelphia Flyers

Since the Devils choose Nico Hischier with the first pick of the NHL draft, the Philadelphia Flyers had no choice but to select Nolan Patrick second overall. There are two options for Sharp if he lands with the Flyers. The first option would be to play on the same line as Patrick. By letting Patrick play alongside a veteran who can teach him the ropes, he would develop at a quicker pace. The second option would be to have Sharp play left wing on the first line with Claude Giroux as the center and Jacob Voracek as the right winger. Sharp is a two-way forward and could mesh well with Giroux the playmaker and Voracek the Sniper. Either way, Sharp gives the Flyers a new veteran presence which could help them in the long run. Sharp was actually drafted by the Flyers in 2001 and played three seasons in Philadelphia.

  1. Arizona Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes will most likely be losing two veterans this off season. Shane Doan and Radim Vrbata are the two oldest members of the Coyotes and if they leave, it could hurt such a young team to not have a veteran’s presence in the locker room. Sharp could fit in on any line and help run the power play since Arizona was 26th in the league. He could also provide a benefit for some of the younger players such as Brendan Perlini, Max Domi, Anthony Duclair, and Lawson Crouse. Having a three time Stanley Cup champion on a rebuilding team could really help develop their younger players in the future.

  1. Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks are dealing with some salary cap issues and are in the process of trading away players to fix that problem. Another issue they have is finding a suitable top line left winger to play alongside Jonathan Toews. Patrick Sharp obviously fits in with Coach Joel Quenneville’s system and has played with Toews before; it would be a no-brainer to bring him back. After dealing with a host of injuries this season, Sharp may be leaning towards retirement in the near future. Chicago could be the place to play before he says goodbye. Unfortunately, he might have to take a significant pay cut for a 1-year contract with Chicago.

 

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