The Chicago Blackhawks' core has another member.
The Hawks signed forward Patrick Sharp to a five-year contract extension Wednesday, adding the veteran to the team’s core group of players with long-term deals that includes Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Marian Hossa.
TSN reported the deal will carry a $5.9 million salary-cap hit per season. That will kick in at the start of the 2012-13 season. Sharp is entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $4.2 million with a cap hit of $3.9 million.
"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 general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “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."
The 29-year-old Sharp led Hawks and shared eighth in the NHL with 34 goals and ranked third on the team with a career-high 71 points in 74 regular-season games last season. He also finished second on the team with three goals and added two assists in seven games during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and was the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 NHL All-Star Game.
Since being acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 5, 2005, Sharp has 150 goals and 151 assists in 427 regular-season games over parts of six seasons with the Hawks. The Thunder Bay, Ontario, native ranks 23rd in franchise history with 150 goals, 13th with 39 power-play scores, shares seventh with 13 short-handed goals and is tied for 12th with 24 game-winners.
Blackhawks lock up Sharp with 5-year extension
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