Patrick Sharp will have hip surgery on Tuesday, putting an end to a tough season for him, but it might not be his last as a member of the Dallas Stars.
Sharp, 35, can become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and will look to sign a new deal this off-season.
In addition to battling through hip pain, he's also powered through two concussions and his father's fight with leukemia.
Sharp was almost traded leading up to the March 1 trade deadline, but Stars GM Jim Nill told teams about Sharp's troubling hip, which prevented a move him happening.
Now, as Sharp undergoes hip surgery, the focus will shift to his recovery, upon which the Stars will look to re-sign him.
"We're going to get the surgery done, let him heal. He's going to train, and then let's take a look at him," Nill told the Dallas Morning News. "We've had conversations. If he comes back, he wants to be in Dallas. He thinks he's a Dallas Star."
In 48 games with the Stars this season, Sharp has registered eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points, the lowest point total his achieved in a season since 2004-05, his first full season in the NHL.
"I'm not worried about next year at this point," Sharp told the Morning News.