Ryan Kesler has been traded, but unfortunately for all of us who were hoping he’d be traded to the Blackhawks, that’s not the case.
The Blackhawks biggest priority this summer is to sign both Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to contract extensions. Both players have one year remaining on their current deals with both carrying a cap hit of $6.3 million.
And it seems as if that’s going to go up.
So remember the report yesterday from the guy in Canada saying that the Blackhawks had put Patrick Sharp on the block and that he was “available?” Yeah, well, that’s news to Sharp’s agent, Rick Curran.
Curran talked to ESPN Chicago’s Scott Powers, and according to him it’s all bullshit.
This summer is just going to be insane, isn’t it? It seems like every few hours there’s a new report about the Blackhawks or Bulls trading for somebody, and frankly I’m all right with it because it’s a lot better than trying to figure out how to fix the White Sox and Cubs.
Just minutes after I published this story about Patrick Sharp being on the block there was an update in the Ryan Kesler Sweepstakes. There was a report last week that I didn’t write about because I was in Florida saying that the Blackhawks and Penguins were the two frontrunners for Kesler.
Well, that’s apparently changed.
Since the Blackhawks season ended I’ve been mentioning the possibility that a player like Patrick Sharp could end up being traded, and according to one source, he’s certainly on the block.
According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, Sharp is “out there.”
As I’ve stated here a few times since the Blackhawks season came to an end, I expect changes to be made to the roster next season. Somebody that’s been considered a part of the core — be it Patrick Sharp or Brent Seabrook — is going to be moved via trade. I also think that the Blackhawks will address their need for a second center this summer, and it’s possible that a trade could be the way to go about doing so.
Last week I wrote about my dream scenario of the Blackhawks getting Ryan Kesler from the Canucks, but he’s not the only option out there. In fact, Pierre McGuire stepped out from that spot between the Los Angeles and New York benches during the Stanley Cup Final to do a radio interview Tuesday, and he believes the Hawks will look west for a new center, but it won’t be Ryan Kesler.
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While it hasn’t quite reached the level of the Bears forever searching for a quarterback before trading for Jay Cutler, it feels like the Blackhawks have been trying and failing to land a second center behind Jonathan Toews for years now. Of course, unlike the Bears, the Blackhawks quest hasn’t kept them from winning, though I suppose that second-line centers aren’t as important as quarterbacks.
But I digress.
Tonight the Stanley Cup Final begins and the Blackhawks aren’t in it. That means the offseason has officially begun for Stan Bowman, and there will be changes made to the roster before next season kicks off. What those changes will be, we don’t really know just yet.
But I’m going to try to figure them out anyway.
The thing about sports is, while you may love them, very rarely do they love you back. When they do, though, it’s amazing. Which is what has made the last few years of the Blackhawks so damn fun.
At least until the overtime last night.