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Report: Handzus battled hip injury last season

Jul 24, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks were probably disappointed with Michal Handzus last season, but’s Kevin Kurz reports that the big center was hampered by a hip injury.

Kurz reports that Handzus received an “injection” following the Sharks’ first-round exit, which helped him contribute to a silver medal-winning Slovakian team at the 2012 World Championships.

Perhaps Hanzdus’ issues weren’t just physical, though. Kurz also points out that he entered the 2011-12 season shortly after losing close friend Pavol Demitra, who died in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crash.

Last season was a difficult one for Handzus even before it began, as his good friend and countryman Pavol Demitra was killed in the Lokomotiv plane crash in September. Demitra had served as Handzus’ best man in his wedding shortly before the tragedy. As a result, Handzus was a late arrival to training camp while attending to matters that were much more important at the time than hockey.

With one year left on his contract, Handzus should have a chance to redeem himself next season.

  1. chasemutley - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    I’ve always liked Handzus; good player and even better person.

  2. qauzaq - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Love Zus. Always a favorite of mine. Sad the kings let him go

  3. supr49er - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    I hope he bounces back strong this year. He can be a good 3rd line center.

  4. finfan88shark - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Handzus sucks and was horrible his last year in LA. Anyone who thinks he is worth crap does not know hockey.

    • joelwrobinson - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      you clearly didn’t watch any of his last season in LA. More specifically, the way he played in the 2011 playoffs. I’m guessing you’re also a Giants fan..

  5. lvshark22 - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Not bashing Zus at all, but I have not been thrilled with him in San Jose. don’t get me wrong, I think he is good, but I rather have some younger players get a turn instead of having him.

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