(CBS) The Chicago Blackhawks have traded Patrick Sharp in a deal with the Dallas Stars, the teams announced Friday.
Sharp and defensive prospect Stephen Johns were traded to Dallas in exchange for forward Ryan Garbutt and defenseman Trevor Daley.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rounding Out The Warmest Weekend Of The Winter
Sharp, a 33-year-old left winger, was on the Blackhawks for three of its successful Stanley Cup seasons, most recently this year. Sharp had 16 goals and 27 assists in 68 regular-season games. He added five goals and 10 assists in 23 postseason games this past season.
Garbutt had eight goals and 17 assists for the Stars in 67 games last season. Daley had 16 goals and 22 assists in 68 games.READ MORE: MISSING: Khoshaba Dikyanos, 84, Last Seen In Lincoln Square
A trade involving Sharp was expected, given Chicago’s salary cap crunch, but it will be difficult for many to see him leave Chicago.
“On behalf of the entire Blackhawks organization, I’d like to thank Patrick for all that he helped our franchise accomplish during his time in Chicago, especially serving an integral role in bringing us three Stanley Cup championships,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said in a news release.MORE NEWS: Chicago Speed Cameras To Start Issuing $35 Tickets To Drivers Going 6 MPH Over The Limit On Monday
“He was one of our leaders on the ice, most notably as an alternate captain for several seasons, as well as off the ice with his countless contributions and volunteer work with team partners, sponsors and Blackhawks fans everywhere. He will forever be a Blackhawk and we wish him and his family nothing but the best in Dallas and beyond.”