Finally, after a couple months of baseless speculation over the Hawks trading Patrick Sharp, Stan Bowman put his foot down. Of course, a lot of the hot noise came from one guy throwing Sharp’s name out there and everyone else running with it.
With all the deals Bowman has made this year, dumping Sharp’s incredibly valuable 3.9 cap hit would have been his worst. Getting equal value in any trade and the Hawks would have (maybe) saved only a few thousand dollars. If Byfuglien netted a prospect and a 1st round pick, Sharp’s asking price would’ve been double that and they’d likely have to be prospects of the NHL-ready variety. So when you factor in the rookie bonus’ and such, the Hawks wouldn’t be saving much cap space.
Regardless, it’s all irrelevant now as Bowman finally broke his silence on whether Sharp was part of the invaluable core. Though you have to imagine he’s always been a part of it and was just getting tired of answering the phone from people offering him the likes of Matt Walker for Patrick Sharp.
–Speaking of the aforementioned Walker, Monday’s trade of Simon Gagne for Walker and a 4th round pick already has to go down as one of the most lopsided trades in NHL history. Even in a vacuum, it’s not even close. Look more closely at it and it’s even more perplexing. Tampa Bay was able to acquire a guy one year removed from potting 34 and on an expiring contract for a 7th defenseman with $1.7 cap hit over the next three years.
Worst case scenario, Gagne battles the injury bug like he has the past two of three seasons. Then the Lightning can wave goodbye in April.
Best case, well, they may have found their Brad Richards-lite. Plus, they have no obligation to re-sign him in the summer as they gave up nothing to acquire him.
All I’m going to say for all our fantasy hockey players out there, grab Gagne as a late round sleeper pick. You can thank me later.