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Trade: ‘Hawks get Handzus from San Jose

Apr 1, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

Michal Handzus 2

The San Jose Sharks have traded one of their big-bodied forwards.

It’s just not the one you’d expect.

With trade rumors swirling around Ryane Clowe, the Sharks flipped the script and sent center Michal Handzus to Chicago in exchange for a fourth-round pick, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Handzus, 36, will head to Chicago for the second time in his career. He was traded to the ‘Hawks in 2006 (in exchange for Kyle Calder), but suffered a torn ACL just eight games into the season.

It should be noted that, prior to getting hurt, he was a point-a-game guy.

As for holdovers from that ’06-07 ‘Hawks team? They include Patrick Sharp (who also played with Handzus in Philly) Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.

Handzus has been with the Sharks for the last two years after spending four seasons in Los Angeles. He has 1G-1A-2PTS in 28 games this year and is averaging 13:32 TOI per game.

The Slovak’s real value will come in the faceoff circle, as he’s won over 55 percent of his draws this season for the Sharks.

He’ll also give Chicago size down the middle — he’s 6-foot-4, 220 pounds — and some additional playoff experience, having appeared in 74 postseason contests.

Oh yeah, “Zeus” should give the ‘Hawks another option in the shootout.

He’s been one of San Jose’s go-to shooters this season, taking a team-high seven attempts, converting three times (he and Logan Couture are tied for the team lead in shootout goals).

Should also be noted the move reunites Handzus with countryman Marian Hossa — the pair were teammates for Slovakia at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where they finished fourth.

  1. pariseinminnesotabichez - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Good handzus sucks

  2. comeonnowguys - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I was annoyed until I saw it was for only a fourth rounder. Meh. We’ll see.

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Later zeus! You were terrible last year. This season he was doing pretty decent.

  4. qauzaq - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I really love handzus as a bottoms six center

  5. mclovinhockey - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Rosehill to the flyers for Hary Z.

    Not a big trade but flyers maybe doing more soon

    • valoisvipers - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      Flyers have zero cap space left.It would have to be salary for salary and Briere is broken, so how can they trade? Please no more Flyer trade talk as it doesn’t make any sense at all.

      • mclovinhockey - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        I know they did not do much, but they actually have a decent bit of Cap space, specially now that Talbot, Coburn and Mez (maybe Danny as well) are all out for the season.

  6. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    There Wilson goes again, if you play the game with a mean streak, he doesn’t want you. Wilson likes his team soft, let’s get rid of all the tough guys. And Wilson wonders why his teams underachieve in the playoffs.

    • nicoyashark - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Just because he did better this year doesn’t mean he was having a mean streak. Luckily he showed some improvement to get a decent trade and also lights some more fires under the vets on the team that need some awakening!!! Playing just OK does not get you far into the playoffs!

    • joelwrobinson - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      what are you talking about? The guy is worthless. He has TWO points in 28 games. He doesn’t fight and doesn’t throw his weight around. The guy is only relatively decent in the shootout.

  7. sharksman - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    surprised they got a fourth !!

  8. lovac2 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Hawks badly need a second line center, and although this guy is a center, he is not a second line center. But, if this means I don’t need to see jamal mayers anymore, I’ll take it.

  9. nicoyashark - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Hands of zues you will be missed in shoot outs. Great to see sharks finally realized the need to improve their prospect list!!

  10. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Handzus was awful last year, but he was finally healthy and starting to play better. As teams start to add tough guys for the playoffs, Wilson is getting rid of all his. That should tell you all you need to know about what he thinks the Sharks chances are this year. It’s a shame to, because Niemi is hot and a hot goalie can carry a team in the playoffs.

  11. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    I find it laughable that hawks fan are actually excited about this trade

    • pone27 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Trying to see where you read Hawks fans are excited about this.

      I would like to believe us Hawks fans are fine with getting Handzus. Our bottom 6 lines are really more about puck possesion and grinding. Handzus is great in the face off circle and brings size up the middle. Mayers will lose time to him for sure.

      Hawks fans will be excited come Wednesday. Bowman has a tendency to stir up a pot of hope then end up staying fairly quiet come the trade deadline. I think that will be different this year.

  12. buffalomafia - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    How about Ryan Miller in a Hawks jersey?

  13. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    I like how people can only tell if a players good by how many points they score. Sorry to inform you, but there are good players who don’t put up points, but do the little things to help a team win. After Murray and Clowe, I’d say Handzus was the next toughest guy. He has no problem dropping the gloves when he needs to, but there aren’t many players that want to fight him. He dropped the gloves a week ago. I’m not saying he was a great Shark, but he’s the type of player I want on my playoff team. And stocking up on draft picks signals your throwing in the towel. You need to look at what he’s done over his career, not just last year. Hockey is a tough sport,you need tough players.

    • lunchboxray - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Exactly. The Hawks are a small team size wise in the playoffs size helps. His faceoff percentage isnt bad either. I can see him on a line with Bollig.

  14. esracerx46 - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Im sorry Halford but Handzus was not a point a game guy prior to tearing his ACL. His best season was prior to the lockout when he had 58 points in 82 games. Depth center, not 2nd line…i hope.

    • parasolmonster - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      “Im sorry Halford but Handzus was not a point a game guy prior to tearing his ACL.”

      The writer meant he was a point-a-game guy for the Blackhawks prior to tearing his ACL.

  15. toewsingkaner - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    This brings the Hawks an experienced center with a history of winning faceoffs and playing well on the PK. Not concerned about his point totals since he will be surrounded by much better offensive weapons (Sharp, Hossa, Kane) then with the Sharks.

  16. withseidelinn - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Handzus was never near a point per game guy. Best season he had was in 2003-2004 for the Flyers when he had 58 points in 82 games. Decent trade for the Hawks though, we knew they were looking for face-off help and that’s pretty much all this guy can do anymore.

  17. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Desjardins can’t fight.

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