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Sharks’ Handzus signs in Slovak Extraliga

Nov 14, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT

Michal Handzus 2

Michal Handzus is headed home.

That was the word out of Slovakia on Tuesday as the veteran center signed with former club HC Banska Bystrica, according to the team website.

Handzus was born in Banska Bystrica and played for the club at both the junior and senior levels before joining the St. Louis organization in 1997.

Last year, the 35-year-old appeared in 67 games for the Sharks, finishing with 7G-17A-24PTS. He struggled with a hip injury over the final six weeks of the season and only appeared in two of San Jose’s five games in an opening round playoff loss to St. Louis.

In Banska Bystrica, Handzus will be coached by former Nashville Predatords forward Vladimir Orszagh. The two were teammates on Slovakia’s gold medal-winning side at the 2002 IIHF World Championships.

  1. sjsharks66 - Nov 14, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Oh no….I hope he wants to come back after the lockout……..don’t go handzus…..

  2. qauzaq - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    I love zus… I’d take him on my team

  3. sjsharks66 - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    You can have him haha he is one of the worst players in the league right now.

    • themajorleagueblog - Nov 14, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      Thats the thing, Michal Handzus isn’t one of the worst players in the NHL. Just because he hasn’t produced high numbers with San Jose doesn’t mean he’s one of the worst players, take your teal bias and stop posting for a little bit, friend.

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