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Patrrick Sharp rejoins Chicago Blackhawks in free agent deal

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Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates a goal. Sharp has signed a one-year deal with the team. UPI/Art Foxall
Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates a goal. Sharp has signed a one-year deal with the team. UPI/Art Foxall | License Photo

The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with forward Patrick Sharp on a one-year contract that runs through the 2017-18 season, the team announced as free agency opened Saturday.

Sharp's deal is worth up to a reported $1 million ($800,000 in base salary and $200,000 in games-played bonuses) to rejoin the Blackhawks after two seasons with the Dallas Stars.

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Sharp, 35, returns to Chicago where he spent 10 seasons with the Blackhawks from 2005 to 2015, winning three Stanley Cups (2010, 2013 and 2015) and totaling 511 points (239 goals, 272 assists) in 679 games.

Sharp joins Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews as three-time Stanley Cup champions on Chicago's current roster. His 239 goals are 13th on the Blackhawks' all-time scoring list while his point total ranks 16th.

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Sharp reached the 20-goal plateau seven times with Chicago while pacing the club in goals during four of those seasons. He finished the 2010-11 and 2013-14 seasons with 34 goals which ranked eighth and ninth in the NHL, respectively. Sharp posted 80 points (42 goals, 38 assists) in 117 Stanley Cup playoff games with the Blackhawks and ranks sixth in team history in postseason goals and eighth in points.

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The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native spent the last two seasons in Dallas, where he recorded 73 points (28 goals, 45 assists) in 124 games with the Stars.

Overall, Sharp owns 599 points (277 goals, 322 assists) during his 14-year NHL career, appearing in 869 games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Blackhawks and Stars. He was drafted by Philadelphia in the third round of the 2001 draft.

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On the international stage, Sharp won a gold medal with Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and also represented his country in the 2008 and 2012 IIHF World Championships.

The Blackhawks also agreed to terms with forward Tommy Wingels on a one-year contract.

Wingels, 29, recorded 12 points (seven goals, five assits) in 73 games split between the San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators during the 2016-17 season. He also skated in nine playoff games with the Senators.

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Wingels, a native of Wilmette, Ill., set career highs with 16 goals, 22 assists and 38 points during the 2013-14 campaign with San Jose. He was drafted by the Sharks in the sixth round in 2008.

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