Several members of the Blackhawks organization spoke with the media today, and the newly re-acquired Patrick Sharp was happy to talk shop again in Chicago.
Perhaps the biggest questions are concerning where Sharp will fit int he current Blackhawks lineup. Head coach Joel Quenneville is planning on making the most of the versatile forward.
Sharp himself doesn't have any problem playing wherever his coach puts him.
It was an easy decision for the 35-year-old to sign his 1-year, 1-million-dollar contract with the Blackhawks. Despite spending the last two years in Dallas, his real home was always in Chicago. Literally.
Sharp will have to adjust to a fairly different roster than the one he played with in 2014/15. While some familiar faces remain, others will be sorely missed.
So he won't be wearing an 'A' for the Blackhawks this season (unless Seabrook loses that wrestling match), but the question remains: what kind of player is Sharp now.
He was forced out of Chicago by salary cap concerns and his $5.9 million hit, but now he's back at a fraction of the price.
The biggest concern around sharp is his ability to stay healthy. The last time he played a full 82-game season was back in the 2013/14 season. He only suited up for 48 games for Dallas last season.
When he's healthy he can still produce. Despite a major drop off last season (8 goals and 18 points in 48 games), Sharp did manage a 20-goal effort when not hampered by major injuries in his first season with Dallas (20 goals, 55 points in 76 games). He's averaged 0.78 points per game in the last three seasons.
Can Sharp still be an effective scoring weapon in Chicago? Absolutely.
Can he stay healthy long enough to be that effective scoring weapon?
That's the real question.
The key point is that Sharp will likely be an asset whenever he can take to the ice, not matter which line he's playing on. The catch is that you can't really depend on him being able to do that.
With his bargain bin contract and eagerness to play as a Blackhawk again, Sharp is a great fit for the Blackhawks and if they're lucky they'll be able to use him all season long.