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Florida Panthers: Is Patrick Sharp Too Obvious A Target?

The Chicago Blackhawks have the potential to make a lot of people happy after signing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to giant contracts.

First off they made Toews and Kane the two highest paid players in the league, turning their hard work into an inordinate amount of pocket change. They will keep the fans happy, locking up the best players in town for nearly the next decade.

Lastly, they have the chance now to fill an immediate need for the Florida Panthers and trade them that proven goal scorer they are looking for.

There is a very long, notable and often joked aobut relationship between the Blackhawks and Panthers – due to Dale Tallon’s presence in Florida.

It started when Tallon acquired former Blackhawk Brian Campbell and continued this season when he added three players through three different trades – Jimmy Hayes, Dylan Olsen and Brandon Pirri.

You can’t really fault Tallon, when you doubt and when you are desperate to build a winner acquire players that you know. If he saw something in them when he was in Chicago, and the new management doesn’t want them – why not go back after them?

So it isn’t likely a coincidence that a day after the Blackhawks signed two players to massive contracts that Tallon is now looking to make a trade,

“I have a strong desire to trade some young assets for a goal scoring forward…”

That sounds like Tallon is planning, or has already, to make a phone call to his old team and check bases to start the ground work on a new deal.

Enter the Patrick Sharp rumors, the most obvious – maybe too obvious – idea for the Panthers to look to trade. This isn’t the first set of rumors to pop up that involved Sharp, and it is a very real possibility that the Blackhawks now looks to move the 32-year old winger.

Coming off a season where he registered a career high in both points and assists, Sharp is exactly the player that Tallon was talking about he wanted to acquire. With four 30-goal seasons and another three 20-goal campaigns, Sharp would instantly become the Panthers’ biggest scoring threat.

Would it be worth the cost? If Sharp is on the trade block, he will be a very sought after player and despite the Blackhawks’ end game is to clear cap their demand could be something that Florida couldn’t offer up.

It has gotten to the point to where anytime that either the Panthers or the Blackhawks are looking to make a trade, general consensus is that they talk to each other first – but never underestimate the comfort factor in trying to make a deal. Both sides could feel comfortable that the other will offer up the best value possible, which could lead to a trade being done.

While it is not known whether or not the Panthers are truly interested, or even if Sharp is on the block – circumstances offer up some signs that could lead to a deal.

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