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Is Patrick Sharp about to return to the Blackhawks? New report says 'don't be surprised' if he does

Is Patrick Sharp about to return to the Blackhawks? New report says 'don't be surprised' if he does

It's a move many Blackhawks fans have hoped would happen, but could it be about to become a reality?

Patrick Sharp, a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Blackhawks and a free agent after two seasons with the Dallas Stars, could reportedly be making a return to Chicago when NHL free agency begins Saturday, per TSN's Bob McKenzie.

Sharp spent 10 seasons in a Blackhawks uniform and was a key part of the franchise's resurgence. Four times during his decade in Chicago he scored 30 or more goals in a single season.

Sharp's offensive production in his two years in Dallas wasn't what it was during his highest points with the Blackhawks. He scored 20 goals and tallied 35 assists during the 2015-16 season and last year scored just eight goals with 10 assists in only 48 games.

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The glory days are a big reason fans have wanted him back in the fold, but they should remember that bringing members of previous Cup-winning teams back hasn't always worked in the recent past. The returns of Brian Campbell and Johnny Oduya last season brought mixed results. Though there are high hopes with this offseason's return of Brandon Saad.

As is the case with any move the Blackhawks make, finances will play a big role. The team has already jettisoned key players this offseason and is once more engaged in a seemingly annual battle with the salary cap.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Attempting to rebuild Blackhawks into a Stanley Cup contender

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Attempting to rebuild Blackhawks into a Stanley Cup contender

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish joins Pat Boyle to answer your mailbag questions. Among the questions they tackle: What was your favorite moment from the Blackhawks’ past season and were you surprised that Joel Quenneville didn’t make any changes to his coaching staff? 

They also discuss re-signing Vinnie Hinostroza, backup goalie options for Corey Crawford and who do they like in the Jets-Predators second-round series?

Plus, Burish looks at the Penguins roster and sees some similarities to the Blackhawks’ situation and attempts to rebuild a Stanley Cup contender.

Listen to the full podcast right here:

Where do Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews rank among NHL jersey sales in 2017-18?

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Where do Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews rank among NHL jersey sales in 2017-18?

The NHL announced their final jersey sales from the 2017-18 regular season, and there's a new name at No. 1.

Reigning Calder Trophy winner Auston Matthews edged out last season's winner Sidney Crosby as the top-selling jersey after finishing fourth in 2016-17.

The Blackhawks may have missed the playoffs for the first time since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were rookies, but that's not stopping fans from purchasing their merchandise.

Each of them stayed inside the top 10, although it's a drop-off from a year ago when Kane was second and Toews was third.

Here what the rest of the Top 15 looked like: