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Handzus could be second-line solution in Chicago

Apr 26, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

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All the Chicago Blackhawks had to surrender was a fourth-round draft pick to get veteran center Michal Handzus from San Jose on April 1.

On Wednesday, Handzus had three assists in Chicago’s 4-1 victory in Edmonton. The 36-year-old (whose career some considered “done”) may even end up centering the second line, between Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp, on the NHL’s best team in the playoffs.

“I think last game we found out on the trial situation that Handzus played pretty good with those guys, and it gives us another option as we go along here,” ‘Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said, per the Sun-Times. “Sometimes you find things out, sometimes it works over the short term, and sometimes hopefully it goes a little longer. On a need basis, guys take advantage of opportunities.”

In a related story, injured center Dave Bolland (groin) will reportedly not make the trip to St. Louis for the ‘Hawks’ final game of the season on Saturday.

Chicago hosts Calgary tonight.

  1. gary15217 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    “NHL’s best team” my ass. The Pens are far more stacked with talent. I REALLY hope these two teams meet in the Finals.

    • withseidelinn - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      They’re the NHL’s best team because they have won the most games and therefore have the greatest amount of points. A roster with a bunch of big names doesn’t make anyone “the best” as you can see with NYR.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Obviously Gary hasn’t been paying attention to the NHL this season. Time to wake up moron!

      • chicagobtech - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        In all fairness to Gary, the Pens have won as many games as the ‘Hawks. They have also lost twice as many games in regulation than the ‘Hawks did.

  2. dt58 - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Check the standings. You’ll notice Chicago is above Pit and has a bigger number in the points column. That’s how you can tell. Anything else that you need explained for you? I tried not to use big words

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    As sharks fan, this is laughable, this guys is done and I’m surprised he’s still in this league. Total liability

    • 19to77 - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Not really. Your coach just uses an inflexible system. Yeah, Handzus is aging and slower than most, but Chicago’s clearly finding him a niche in which to make it work. Maybe you should point the finger at your coach and not the player. McLellan’s been coaching an elite team for five years with nothing to show for it. Who’s the actual problem there?

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:23 AM

        Yeah. McLellan is the pits.

    • williamnemecek - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Handzus has 6 point in 10 games. He has definitely been a help. He had maybe one point for the sharks because they sort of blow. As for the penguins, Crosby is super offensively talented, but he’s a puss. Maybe, same goes for Malkin. I also think Stalberg or Bickel would have 30 goals right now if they played with Crosby. So Kunitz is a wash. Iginla and Morrow are still pretty solid but not superstars. I’ll take Toews, Kane, Hossa, Sharp, Keith, Seabrook, Saad and all they rest over Pittsburgh anyday. But, after all that, Pittsburgh is the team that should come out of the east and would be a GREAT series against hopefully Chicago. Who knows, Columbus might beat the hawks in the first round. lol.

      • 19to77 - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        I’m sorry, would you be practicing less than a month after breaking your jaw?

        Seriously, I’m with you on everything else, but people – he broke his damn jaw. Stop acting like you could have walked it off if it had been you instead.

      • eonbluekarma - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        You mean Detroit not Columbus, or are you afraid to mutter those 7 letters?

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:26 AM

        No. He probably doesn’t mean Detroit, since the Wings are sitting seventh right now.

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