An RFA at the conclusion of the 2012-13 campaign, he is in the midst of the second of a four-year contract he signed with Ottawa on 9/14/13.
2013-14: Established a new career high with six goals ... Ranked eighth among NHL defencemen and 23rd among all NHL players with 214 hits ... Played in the 100th game of his NHL career on Oct. 25 vs Anaheim (2-1 loss) ... Was suspended (two games) for the first time in his NHL career on Dec. 11 ... Reached 100 penalty minutes for his NHL career on March 8 at Winnipeg (5-3 win) ... Sustained a right hip strain on March 30 vs Calgary (6-3 win) causing him to miss the final eight games of the regular season.
2014-15 Season high: Blocked shots: 3 (4x) last: Dec. 22 at Washington (2-1 loss)
Career game highs: Goals: 1 (14x) last: Dec. 11 vs Los Angeles (5-3 loss); Assists: 3, 12/16/11 vs Pittsburgh (6-4 win); Points: 4, (1-3), 12/16/11 vs Pittsburgh (6-4 win)
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic