Patrick Sharp’s name and trade rumors were synonymous for part of this summer. The chatter was especially prevalent heading into the NHL Entry Draft in late June.
Sharp’s agent vehemently denied the rumors to several media outlets. On Friday, Sharp discussed the swirling talk, saying it’s all part of the salary-cap world.
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“There’s going to be talk, discussion, rumors. It’s part of the business,” Sharp said prior to the Blackhawks’ convention opening ceremonies on Friday. “But I think what my agent said was pretty self-explanatory.”
Sharp said he just got back in town on Thursday after spending some time with his family on Connecticut. He’s looking forward to the upcoming season and isn’t concerned about potential trade talk.
“We remember what it was like in 2009-10. If you start worrying about it, and start paying attention to all the speculation and rumors, you’re going to drive yourself crazy,” Sharp said. “It’s my job to play hockey and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Sharp watched the Stanley Cup Final, which the Blackhawks nearly got to for the second consecutive season. Just missing that chance has him hungry for another final opportunity.
“Whenever you see someone lift the Stanley Cup once you’ve done it once yourself, it kind of fuels the fire a little bit,” he said. “It’s definitely difficult to win it back to back; I think that’s been proven over the years. Not only myself but the group of players we have, we’re all excited to get back to training camp and go get that thing again.”