Patrick Sharp has been traded to the Dallas Stars for Ryan Garbutt and Trevor Daley.
In a late Friday night move in the second week of July, which is probably the least likely time for something like this to happen, the Dallas Stars made a big move that seems to have the "win now" intention. Their move was trading forward Ryan Garbutt and defenceman Trevor Daley to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Patrick Sharp and prospect defenceman Stephen Johns. Dallas is also retaining half of Garbutt's salary, which is $900K each of the next two seasons.
There was no doubt that the Blackhawks had to move some salary; they were over the cap at the time of the trade, if I recall correctly. Sharp's name was one that had been bandied about all season, and all offseason to this point. The surprising thing about this to me is that not only was Sharp traded within the Conference (though the Phil Kessel trade was the same), but he was traded within the division. As I mentioned with Kessel, this type of trade seems to be more common than in the good ol' days.
The acquisition of Sharp does something for Dallas that they didn't really have last year: what should be two very, very good scoring lines. At times, Jason Spezza was moved to the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin in order to get the offence going. Also, Spezza and Ales Hemsky didn't really seem to find their chemistry as they did towards the end of the 2013-2014 season in Ottawa. With the nearly season-long injury to potential star Valeri Nichushkin, the team saw just how quickly the scoring might dry up with an injury or two.
To be sure, Johns being included is pretty much an AHL depth throw-in. This is a guy drafted five years ago who has fewer than 60 games played at the AHL level, and none at the NHL level. There's nothing much to see here.
This isn't a move made to bolster the top line, either. Benn is lo