Central Division (NHL)

Sharp returns to Blackhawks, agrees to 1-year deal

Patrick Sharp figured he would return to Chicago. He just wasn't sure he would play for the Blackhawks again.

Sharp, a high-scoring winger who helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup championships before getting traded, will once again suit up for Chicago next season. The 35-year-old veteran agreed Saturday to a one-year contract that guarantees $800,000. He could earn an additional $200,000 in incentives.

"I have a special place in my heart, my family does as well, for the city," he said. "We did have plans on returning — maybe not as a hockey player. But we definitely do want to live in that city at some point."

Sharp said he could have...

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