Hawks already shopping Sharp

Barry Rozner | Daily Herald Columnist

The Blackhawks have talked to Toronto about Patrick Sharp, among other clubs, according to a team source.Where those discussions go now is unclear, but what is clear is that players like Sharp ($4 million), Dustin Byfuglien ($3 million), Kris Versteeg ($3 million) and Cam Barker ($3 million) are available because a movable contract today may not be movable a year from now if the player doesn’t perform next season.

And contracts will have to be moved before 2010-11, the result of the Hawks’ bungled salary-cap situation that threatens the future of their young core.

Between now and the fall of 2010, they’ll need to move about $15 million worth of contracts in order to sign their big three RFAs and put together a full roster.

Are the kids OK?

The vultures will be circling next summer if new GM Stan Bowman can’t move some big salaries and fix the mess he inherited from Dale Tallon.