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PHT Morning Skate: Handzus acquisition has paid off big

Jun 4, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT

Michal Handzus #26 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates with teammates Patrick Kane #88 and Patrick Sharp #10 after Handzus scored in the second period of Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 2, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Kings 4-2.
(June 1, 2013 - Source: Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Chicago Blackhawks acquired Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks on April 1 in the hopes that he’d give them a bit more depth. He’s done so much more than that. (CSN Chicago)

Ottawa Senators fans can’t help but wonder ‘What if?’ as they watch Zdeno Chara and Marian Hossa battle in their respective Conference finals. (Ottawa Citizen)

Here are some things the Los Angeles Kings need to do to bounce back in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. (Calgary Sun)

Tyler Wright, the Columbus Blue Jackets co-director of amateur scouting, thinks the possibility of “high, high-end players in this draft is pretty deep.” (Columbus Dispatch)

New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer is still in the preliminary stages of finding a new assistant coach to replace the outgoing Matt Shaw. (New Jersey Online)

The Chicago Blackhawks will try to become the first team in the 2013 playoffs to beat the Los Angeles Kings in the Staples Center. (CSN Chicago)

A look back at forward Matt Halischuk‘s 2013 campaign as the Predators decide what to do with the soon-to-be restricted free agent. (The Tennessean)

Highlights from Boston’s 6-1 victory against Pittsburgh:

  1. sjsharks66 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Honestly, Handzus can go F himself. He did nothing when he was on the Sharks. He was decent on the PK and good in shootouts. Then he goes to the worlds and plays really hard and is a good player. Then comes back to the Sharks and is lazy and sucks.

    But when he goes to the Blackhawks…. He is awesome. That is not cool for a player to do. If he did not like San Jose he should have came out and said it.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      And get branded as a malcontent. Because that’s much better.

      Maybe, just maybe, the situation in San Jose wasn’t conducive to Handzus’ max performance. It wouldn’t be the first time in sports history something like this has happened.

      Enjoy your fourth-round draft pick.

    • chicagobtech - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Same player, different coaches and players around him. Yeah, I’m going with the Sharks not being a good fit for Handzus.

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