The Chicago Blackhawks have traded Patrick Sharp and Stephen Johns to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt. Just about everybody who follows the NHL was anticipated a trade involving three-time Stanley Cup champion, Patrick Sharp. Simply, the Chicago Blackhawks were desperately trying to clear salary-cap space, The team achieved their goal by shipping Sharp’s $5.9 million annual salary to Dallas.
For Dallas, Sharp will be a valuable secondary scorer on a team that already has a strong top three in Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Jason Spezza. Those three excelled on a line together last season and now the Stars can keep it intact without making their second line too weak. Alternatively, the Stars might opt to pair up Benn with Seguin and Spezza with Sharp to create two very effective lines.
To be honest, last season, I thought the Dallas Stars were for sure playoff team. Jamie Benn Was the overall points leader with 87 points. Tyler Seguin, collected 77 points in 71 contests. Many hockey fans would agree, Dallas would’ve made the playoffs, had Seguin remain healthy.
For the Third straight NHL off-season, the Dallas Stars have made a huge splash in the player acquisition department. In 2013, the Stars acquired Seguin from the Boston Bruins in a July 4 blockbuster. Last July, Nill pulled off a trade with the Ottawa Senators for Spezza.
Any time you the opportunity to have a player like Patrick Sharp to your roster it is a huge positive. The players the Dallas Stars parted ways with were solid contributors to the team, however, I know the fans are extremely happy today, as the Dallas Stars can officially be labeled a powerhouse with the acquisition of Patrick Sharp.
Dallas general manager Jim Nill likes the winning pedigree and experience Sharp will bring to a young core.
“Well, you could never have enough of those guys in your organization. He’s done it at every level. You’re talking first of all Stanley Cup, the ultimate championship. You’re talking World Championship. You’re talking Olympics,” Nill said. “He’s going to be there to help Jamie Benn, to help Seguin, to help give them insight into situations.”