Various sources today report the Chicago Blackhawks have re-signed forward Patrick Sharp to a five-year contract extension. Financial details to follow…

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sharp was eligible for UFA status next July. While all the focus over the past year or so has been on the number of players the Blackhawks have cut loose, they’ve been able to retain almost all of their core talent. It’ll be interesting to find out how much he’ll get. The Blackhawks already have over $51 million invested in 16 players for 2012-13.

**UPDATE** His new salary will be worth $5.9 million per season, a considerable raise over the $3.9 million per season he earned on his previous deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I would’ve guess $5 million per. I think the Blackhawks have overpaid a tad, but that was the price of keeping Sharp in the fold. It pushes their payroll to over $56.9 million invested in 17 players.