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Canadiens one of two teams in "hottest pursuit" of Patrick Sharp

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The Chicago Blackhawks need to shed some salary, and the Montreal Canadiens appear eager to take on the contract of Patrick Sharp.

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov (79) defends against Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) in front of Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the third period at Bell Centre.
Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov (79) defends against Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) in front of Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the third period at Bell Centre.
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According to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins are the two teams most interested in acquiring the services of Patrick Sharp:

Sharp has two years remaining on a five-year deal with a cap hit of $5.9 million.  The 33-year-old, right-shooting winger registered 43 points in 68 games in the regular season, contributing 15 more in a Stanley Cup Playoff run that culminated in his third Stanley Cup victory.

EOTP profiled Sharp earlier this season as a possible acquisition at the NHL trade deadline, deeming him to be a "top-tier forward" worthy of a spot at the top of the lineup.  A poll attached the that article resulted in a nearly-even split between those who believed Sharp would be a smart addition and those who felt his return would not justify his asking price.

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