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Patrick Sharp excited to start new chapter in Dallas

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Patrick Sharp spent ten seasons in Chicago, and he had a lot of success there. But now he is ready to open a new chapter as he heads to Dallas to join the Stars organization.

“I built a home in Chicago and built a family there. It’s going to be an emotional time switching cities and switching teams, but my wife and I are excited about the new chapter in our career and life,” Sharp said. “We consider ourselves very lucky to be going to an organization like the Stars.”

The Stars acquired Sharp and defenseman Stephen Johns Friday night from Chicago in exchange for defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt. Sharp brings an impressive resume to the deal. He won three Stanley Cups in Chicago. He’s registered 526 points (249 goals, 277 assists) in 745 NHL regular season games and another 81 points (43 goals, 38 assists) in 129 playoff games.

“Anytime you can add someone with three Stanley Cups, let alone one Stanley Cup, the leadership, the experience, it is huge for your team,” said Stars GM Jim Nill. “The experience that he can bring to the dressing room, we’re a young core. He’s going to be there to help Jamie Benn, to help [Tyler] Seguin, to help give them insight into situations. We want to get to the level of Chicago, and anytime you can add those type of players to your organization, you can’t have enough of them. I came from an organization in Detroit; that’s how we were built also, and that’s where we’re trying to get here in Dallas.”

Sharp’s name has been in the rumor mill for some time now with the Blackhawks up against the salary cap and needing to free up some space. Sharp said he was glad that he and his family can put all the rumors and speculation behind them and move forward with the move to Dallas.

“I’ve learned over the years not to listen to too many rumors or where they are coming from, unless they are coming from Stan (Bowman, Chicago GM) or my agent,” Sharp said. “But to hear the trade speculation over the past couple days and weeks, I wouldn’t say was weighing on our family, but it was getting annoying to the point that we just wanted to get something done.”

This isn’t the first time Sharp has been traded. Chicago acquired him from Philadelphia in 2005. The emotions don’t change.

“I knew it was coming. When I was traded from Philadelphia to Chicago, I knew that was coming also, and it still comes as a shock. When it actually happens, there are a lot of different things going on. You are trying to take care of your family, your friends and your personal situation,” he said. “I can’t say anything bad about the Blackhawks. I really enjoyed my time with the Hawks. I’ve grown into the person I am today because of that organization. I look forward to reconnection with those guys one day, whether it is playing against them or seeing them in the offseason, but right now I am really excited to get down to Dallas. … I am looking forward to getting down there and meeting my teammates, the coaching staff and getting started with the new team.”

The 33-year-old forward has played with some of the Dallas players internationally and knows goaltender Antti Niemi from their time together in Chicago. Niemi and Sharp helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2010. Sharp knows the Stars well, having played against them a lot over the years and seeing them plenty the past two seasons as a Central Division rival.

“I played with Jamie [Benn] at the Olympics and World Championships with Hockey Canada. Jason Spezza and I are represented by the same agency, so we have been in touch the past few days,” Sharp said. “Of course, Antti Niemi is there now and there are a couple of guys I’ve met playing in the league over the years.

“As far as the team and the roster, I can just tell you that playing in Chicago against the Stars in the same division, they are a team that is very tough to play against. They are dangerous in a lot of different ways. To be able to go there and try to fit in with that group is exciting for me. I am looking to do that, and try to make the team better in any way that I can.”

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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