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Blackhawks Eyeing Patrick Sharp to Replace Eddie Olczyk in TV Booth

The Blackhawks are pursuing the three-time Stanley Cup champion to fill the role vacated by Eddie Olczyk.
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The Chicago Blackhawks are undergoing a complete rebuild as an organization. While the reset on the ice is a planned maneuver, impending changes elsewhere are of more of the on-the-fly variety. Longtime TV color analyst Eddie Olczyk made headlines Thursday when he officially took a gig with the Seattle Kraken. According to Jeff Agrest of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Blackhawks are pursuing another beloved former player, Patrick Sharp, to fill the role.

After Sharp hung up the skates, he joined NBC Sports Chicago as a studio analyst in 2018. He eventually parlayed that venture into the same role on NBC's national broadcast team before joining TNT's studio crew. The three-time Stanley Cup champion also filled in on select Blackhawks broadcasts in the booth and between the glass.

A likable and warm personality, Sharp seems like a perfect fit for the role Olczyk vacated after 16 years. There are a few potential logistical snags in that plan, however.

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Last season, the former Hawks' winger took on a coaching role when he returned to his alma mater, Vermont, as an advisor. As Agrest notes, Sharp recently moved his family to Connecticut. That development could deter a return to the Windy City.

If the team is unable to land Patrick Sharp, they could pivot Troy Murray from radio to the TV side. Agrest reports Murray was slated to fill in for Olczyk when the now-Kraken analyst stepped away for national broadcast duties with TNT.

Much like the product on the ice, the Chicago Blackhawks' TV broadcast booth is currently in flux. Replacing Eddie Olcyzk is no small task, but the team has at least two viable options under consideration.

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