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Patrick Sharp's agent, Rick Curran, has received multiple assurances from Chicago GM Stan Bowman that his client won't be traded.

"There's no truth to any rumor that Patrick Sharp is available to trade," Curran said. "He absolutely is not available. I had a meeting with Stan Bowman a week ago to ask him what was going to happen. He said, 'I don't know what's going to happen, but I can tell you that Patrick Sharp is not available right now.' When the Sportsnet guy, Nick Kypreos, erroneously made a statement and everyone went crazy, I called Stan again. I asked, 'Has anything changed?' He said, 'absolutely not.' He's full of [expletive]." The Blackhawks have been linked to Ryan Kesler and Jason Spezza in trade rumors and Sharp's name surfaced as a trade candidate, but those reports appear to be false.

Patrick Sharp LW CHI 2 Months

If the Blackhawks re-sign stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to large extended contracts this month, there is a chance Patrick Sharp may have to be moved to deal with cap issues.

The Hawks have made no secret about their desire to ink Toews and Kane to lucrative long-term deals before July 1st. If they do, the team may not be able to afford to keep Sharp, who would fetch a good haul of young players in the trade market. Stay tuned, this could get interesting.

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Patrick Sharp did not say when asked if he was hurt during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Sharp was at Wrigley Field taking batting practice on Friday and hit one to the warning track. He had taken batting practice once before at U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the White Sox, where he homered, so playing at Wrigley was another honor. Getting back to hockey, Sharp would not say if he was hurt as he struggled in the Conference final. "Everyone has something going on at this time of year," Sharp said. "To bring that kind of stuff up sounds like I'm making excuses. I'm not going to talk about that kind of stuff."

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Patrick Sharp skated on the third line with Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith in Game 7 versus Los Angeles.

"Over the years, I've played a little bit with (Kruger)," Sharp said. "I've played with him the last couple of games. We know how to support each other and what makes us successful." Kruger picked up an assist on one of Sharp's two goals in Chicago's 5-4 overtime loss to the Kings. Sharp spent most the regular season on the top unit with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, but coach Joel Quenneville is never timid about mixing his combinations.

Patrick Sharp LW CHI 3 Months

Patrick Sharp, rebounding from a mediocre Western Conference Final, scored two goals and played well Sunday night but he and the Blackhawks were defeated 5-4 in overtime by the Los Angeles Kings and were dethroned as NHL champions.

So it'll be the Kings who will represent the West in the Stanley Cup Final against the East champs, the New York Rangers. The series will kick off in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. The Hawks were visibly upset after allowing the Kings' overtime goal in the first overtime period Sunday. The goal, credited to L.A. defenseman Nick Martinez, went off the body of Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy, who was clearly disconsolate as he remained on the ice after the game. Sharp's goals were his fourth and fifth of the post-season. The Hawks blew leads of 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 in this one before Martinez's overtime goal. Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Kane had two more assists for the Hawks. Chicago's loss means Detroit remains the last NHL team to win consecutive titles in 1997 and 1998.

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Patrick Sharp was limited to just one shot on goal in Chicago's 5-2 loss to Los Angeles Monday night.

Sharp found the back of the net on Saturday, but he now has just three goals and seven points in 16 playoff games. The Blackhawks have managed to get this far without him playing a leadership role offensively, but now they are down 3-1 in the Western Conference Final. Sharp isn't the only one that has been underperforming for Chicago, but they certainly could use more from the 34-goal scorer right now.

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Patrick Sharp scored a goal in Chicago's 4-3 loss on Saturday.

It was just Sharp's third goal in 15 playoff games. The Blackhawks are used to getting more out of him than they have so far in the postseason, but now would be an ideal time for him to heat up from Chicago's perspective.

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Patrick Sharp expressed his frustration with the way Chicago played in the third period of Wednesday's 6-2 loss to Los Angeles.

"It's pretty frustrating," Sharp said. "We got off to a good start through 40 minutes. We were skating well and drew a few penalties and then obviously things unraveled during the third. We're not happy and we're looking forward to getting on the plane and making up for it in Game 3." The Kings rallied from a 2-0 deficit by scoring five goals in the third period to even their series against the Blackhawks at one game apiece. Sharp finished the game with a minus-2 rating and three shots. He will be looking for his first point in the Western Conference Final on Saturday at Los Angeles.

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Patrick Sharp has two goals on 40 shots this postseason.

He has recorded six points in 12 games, with three of them coming in Chicago's past three matches. Chicago will be looking for his production to continue trending in the right direction in the Western Conference Final.

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Patrick Sharp assisted on both Chicago goals as the Blackhawks edged the visiting Minnesota Wild 2-1 in Game 5 of their second-round playoff game Sunday night.

Chicago, defending NHL champion, leads the series 3-2. All five games have been won by the home team. Sharp has two goals and four assists in the Hawks' 11 post-season games. Sharp's assists were on goals by Bryan Bickell, his sixth of the playoffs, and Jonathan Toews, his fifth. Toews' goal, the game winner, came at 4:33 of the third period. The Wild led 1-0 after the first period. Bickell's goal came on a power play in the second.