Contrary to rumors going around over the weekend, the Chicago Blackhawks have "no intention" of trading forward Patrick Sharp. The veteran winger's agent, Rick Curran, told Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times that GM Stan Bowman assured him a move involving his client wasn't in the works.
"He’s got no intentions of trading Patrick Sharp," Curran said.
With a sizable $5.9 million cap hit, Sharp's been considered a possible trade candidate in Chicago for a while, but his uneven play on the ice and some unfortunate (and vehemently denied) rumors off the ice have fueled the recent speculation he might be on the way out before this summer.
Multiple reports have listed the Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens as possible suitors for Sharp, and at least one report said the 'Hawks and Caps had initiated trade talks. However, this seems like a pretty strong denial, and given the recent trades that put the team back on a win-now path, giving up Sharp wouldn't make much sense anyway.
Expect the Sharp rumors to pop up over the summer when he's a probable cap casualty, but for now, we can probably pack this one away.