Hawks' Sharp not worried about trades
The Hawks have traded six players, including Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg and Andrew Ladd, since beating the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup finals. At least one more move is expected, and Sharp and goaltender Antti Niemi have been mentioned as trade candidates. Sharp has two seasons left on his deal at just over $4 million per year.
"As far as I'm concerned, I have a couple of years left on my deal," Sharp said Monday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I'm a Chicago Blackhawk. I'm proud to be one, and I can't wait for training camp.
"Every time I hear things like that, I take it as a compliment that it's not bad to get moved. It means someone wants you. I'm not worried about that at all. I'm planning on getting ready for training camp. I'm happy to be here in Chicago."
Sharp said he would miss Niemi, just as he misses the other players who left, but there's one bond that can't be broken.
"It would be disappointing [if Niemi were dealt]," he said. "It's disappointing anytime anyone leaves. I think I had a great relationship with everyone who's moved on.
"At least we can say we won a championship together. I said earlier, just imagine if things didn't turn out the way they did in that Philadelphia series. If we would have lost the finals, and then this would have happened. We'll be just fine."
Sharp believes the Hawks' moves haven't hurt their chances to repeat.
"We've got a good core here," he said. "Every championship team has turnover and players leave town and new players come in.
"I think just the fact that we play in such a fan-filled city and people care about the team it's getting a lot of attention."