Sharp took out matching full page ads in both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times to show his appreciation for the city, team and fans. The Blackhawks alternate captain was dealt to the Stars on Friday along with defenseman Stephen Johns for defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt.
“Winning the Stanley Cup was a dream come true; winning it three times, with three different groups of teammates, coaches, and trainers, was the ultimate privilage as a player,” Sharp wrote. “I feel an overwhelming sense of pride when I look back on all that we've accomplished together.”
Sharp was a large part of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup runs in 2010, 2013 and 2015. The Blackhawks entered the off-season with the need to shed salary while maintaining roster depth, as long-term extensions for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane kicked in. Chicago dealt forward Brandon Saad, another major contributor, to Columbus on June 30.
- Jeremy Woo