Friedman: Patrick Sharp staying in Chicago

The Toronto Maple Leafs are perhaps the most interesting story going into the trade deadline with news that goaltender Jonathan Bernier might be available for the right price.

Everything you learned about a possible Patrick Sharp trade on Friday you might as well forget it.

Despite rumours surfacing yesterday the Blackhawks forward was on the trading block, Elliotte Friedman confirmed that isn’t going to happen during Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday.

According to Friedman, Sharp has a limited no-trade clause in his contract. In that clause it states that, if asked, Sharp would have to present a list of 10 teams to the general manager within 48 hours of being asked.

“As far as I can tell that list was not asked for by 3pm Eastern today, which means he would not have to submit it before the trade deadline on Monday,” Friedman said. “In other words, Patrick Sharp is not going anywhere right now.”

Thus Sharp, who has just 10 goals and 32 points in 49 games in what has become an injury-plagued season, will get another crack at a deep playoff run with the team that he won two Stanley Cups with since joining the club during the 2005-06 season.