Editor's Note: Some more summer roster speculation, courtesy of BCISLEMAN's FanPost. For the video clip, you'll have to bear the Blackhawks' ridiculous goal song, which surely has Chicago Stadium turning in its grave.
Ever notice that Deadline Day comes oh so close to St. Patty's Day? Certainly the Isles had the Luck of the Irish in the deadline deal to end all deadline deals in 1980. Well, Deadline Day, 2010 will mark the 30th anniversary (give or take a day or two maybe) of the Goring deal. Isn't 3 a lucky number?!
I have said before that Patrick Sharp of the Blackhawks would make the perfect left wing for Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey. He fairly oozes the kind of character and hockey sense that Garth Snow and Scott Gordon prize so highly. He also has the knack for scoring clutch goals like the OT goal against the Wings that won Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals in the above video. He is still young (he will be 28 next March), but has had a fair amount of playoff experience. Having begun his career with the Flyers, he is quite familiar with the Atlantic. Also, obtaining Sharp--assuming either Bergy, Moulson, or some other Isle forward can emerge as a Top Six--would give the Isles six legitimate Top Six forwards to man two legitimate top lines. He is also a HUGE fan favorite there and would surely be that here as well.
You may wonder why Chicago would trade such a player. Well, the Hawks have what can only be called an embarrassment of riches. They have accumulated a remarkable collection of talent through the draft and a number of these players are about due for a big raise from their entry-level contracts. To make it more difficult for them, they signed Marian Hossa to a huge contract and made a well-publicized error in handling some contracts that made them more expensive. The bottom line is that if, as expected, the NHL reduces cap levels based upon reduced ticket sales, the Hawks will have to dump some salary and the Isles will be one of the few teams with cap space to spare. And Sharp's name has been mentioned everytime that the possibility of the Hawks dumping salary is discussed.
The other question is who do the Isles have that the Hawks would want in return for Sharp. If Biron has played well and the Hawks have doubts about Huet, Biron would almost certainly be part of such a deal. I don't know if Garth would consider including a draft pick. The Hawks' penalty killing is suspect so an Islander with a low cap hit who plays well on the PK could well be the key to sealing such a deal.
Could Patrick Sharp be the Isles' pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow? Don't know, but guess who we play at the Coliseum on March 2--right before the deadline?! That's right, the Chicago Blackhawks. Which uniform will Patrick Sharp be wearing at gametime, I wonder.