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Negotiations tend to be easy when each side’s interests are one in the same.

Patrick Sharp has said he didn’t want to leave Chicago.  Now, the Blackhawks stepped up to ensure Sharp wouldn’t have an opportunity to make that choice.

….for the next six years anyhow.

On Wednesday, Stan Bowman locked up Sharp through the 2016-17 season with a five-year $29.5 million contract extension.

This season Sharp will play out the one remaining year on a four-year $15.6 million contract he signed back in January of 2008.  Sharp will make $4.2 million in salary this season and spike up to $6 million in the first year of his new extension for the 2012-13 campaign.

It’s a great day for everyone involved.  Sharp is low maintenance, charismatic, widely popular and too good to quickly replace.  Unlike in the case of Brian Campbell, the organization has no one immediately prepared to step into Sharp’s position either this year or next.  Jeremy Morin could be that player on the wing at some point and Mark McNeil or Brandon Pirri could take the second line center position eventually.  Time will tell.  But losing Sharp was never an option or the right thing to do. Continue reading »