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Chicago re-ups with Handzus, Rozsival

Jul 5, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

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After dealing away Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik at the NHL Entry Draft, Chicago set about retaining two key contributors to its Stanley Cup championship on Friday, agreeing to terms with veteran center Michal Handzus and defenseman Michal Rozsival.

Handzus, 36, was acquired at the trade deadline from San Jose and proved to be a stellar pickup, becoming the club’s second-line center with Bolland injured and posting 3G-8A-11PTS in the postseason.

Rozsival, 34, had a good regular season (highlighted by his plus-18 rating) and chipped in with four assists and a plus-9 rating in the playoffs, appearing in every game while averaging over 19 minutes per night.

Financial terms of the deals were not released immediately. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports the Handzus deal is for one-year, $1 million (a notable pay drop from the $2.5 million he was making annually on his last deal.)

As for Rozsival, he signed with Chicago last summer on a one-year, $2 million deal.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Chicago does it right. Keeping two solid contributors at a reasonable price.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      And you get the other guy we wanted to Keep (Emery).

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Handzues was a good pickup, and after the cup win we learn he played with a torn mcl and a broket wrist. Obviously someone who’s committed and going to “gut it out” when it’s needed.

    And as he’d already had an ACL tear, which cost him some speed, he’s a medical risk. So probably a good move for both.

    Glad they signed Roz, he fits in well with the Hawks approach as he is good at moving the puck up, and helps offensively in the scoring zone.

  3. tripps3 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Good move – I think having their experience around was a huge factor this year

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Hawks have 3 guys who can play center in their list of guys likely to get a serious chance of sticking – Pirri, Leblanc and Hayes. Only remaining signing is Kruger.

    So, looking at the total possibilities, Hawks appear to be in decent shape at the center spot. Altho if Boston wants to trade Bergeron for Marcus, I’d advise Stan to listen;)

    • esracerx46 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      Leblanc needs to be resigned as well. Being the age he was all Chicago did by signing him was buy exclusive negotiating right until the offseason, He could only sign for one year and couldn’t play in any playoff games and was ineligible to play in Rockford because of when he signed.

  5. esracerx46 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    The Rozsival signing doesn’t bother me. I would like to see what Ryan Stanton could do. For Handzus, it’d be interesting to see where they put him. Toews is obviously 1. Kruger, if they resign him is 4. Shaw is 3rd. Which leaves that 2nd line center as the only opening. Bowman has said he wants Brandon Pirri up with the big club and he led the AHL in scoring as a 21 yr old. I really hope they finally call him up. I hope Zeuss rotates with Kruger and Shaw at center. But I really want to see what the younger guys like Morin, Pirri, and Stanton can do. Jimmy Hayes, even though he’s big, just doesn’t excite me.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      You left out one – Drew Leblanc, who they signed during the year and played a few games at the end of the regular season.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      esracer, by the way, I’m also really looking forward to what they can do. I don’t know if you saw the last game with the Blues where the Hawks played 15 call-ups, but the their top AHL line of Pirri, Smith and Morin played a 2 minute shift in the 1st qtr where they kept the puck in the scoring the whole time, putting serious pressure on the Blues, to the extent where the Blues used their lone time-out at the 1st stoppage.

      Those guys have played together 3 years. An intriguing thought is to have the Hawks try them together as their 4th line. Thoughts?

      • esracerx46 - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        I think you’d be wasting a lot of talent having them on the 4th line. Not saying they couldn’t be fourth line guys though. Pirri like I said, led the AHL in scoring. In 3 yrs he’s just under a point a game player in Rockford. He was allowed entry into the AHL as 19 yr old because of not playing in the OHL and played one year at RPI. He’s still on his 3 year entry level contract even though it will be his 4th professional year because of the slide rule (brilliance on Bowman’s part IMO). The kid gets points. Morin was in the top ten in AHL goals this year. He has a bit more size than Pirri, but not quite as good of a skater. Morin puts pucks in the net. The problem with Morin, unlike with Pirri, is the depth at LW the Hawks have. With Saad, Sharp, and Bickell, it’d be tough for him to find a place other than the 4th line which sucks for him because on a less talented team he is easily on a scoring line. Smith is a smaller guy who has been bit hard by the injury bug. He was supposed to make the Hawks out of camp but suffered a concussion in a preseason game against Detroit 2 years ago. He was supposed to make this years team after the lockout ended. That week Smith broke his hand sticking up for a teammate fighting a guy who is 5 inches taller. He served his major, came back into the game, and assisted on the winning goal. But then was out several weeks because of the injury. Smith is a hard worker, something 4th line guys are known for. Smith would be a great player on the fourth line given his skillset. I think the fourth line would be Morin, Kruger, Smith. Having the depth to be forced to put a guy like Morin on the 4th line is a wonderful thing for Hawks fans.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        Thanks – good stuff. With their returning Handzeus, if he can play at the start, with your projected 4th line, which makes sense, that leaves 1 too many centers – Toews, HZ, Shaw and Kruger. Platoon? Shaw or Kruger plays wing? …

        By the way, do you also post on the Yahoo Hawks threads? We obviously have different names on the different venues, I’m S Davis on Yahoo

  6. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Question for Hawks fans: With Emery leaving, looks like the Hawks are pretty confident that the Finnish goalie they just signed is going to be a viable NHL backup, as they signed him at 1.4 mill.

    Other 3 AHL goalies are UFA’s. Does anyone know if any of them would be viable backups if the Antti Raanta does not work up or he or Crow get injured?

    • esracerx46 - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Henrik Karlsson has already signed a contract in Sweden so he’s done. Kent Simpson was a 2nd round pick a few years ago. Played most of the year in the ECHL. He definitely is not yet ready. Carter Hutton is a bit of a late bloomer, his numbers weren’t quite as good as Karlsson’s in Rockford. Hutton is probably a viable 3rd string, but their might be something better out there. Id give Tim Thomas a call and see what he’s asking for. Maybe something similar to what Emery signed a few years ago, where he’s invited to camp with no guarantees. The Hawks also have Mac Carruth who was drafted the same year as Kent Simpson, but was sent back to juniors. Carruth is kind of a wild card and tough to gauge because of the team he played on. While he had solid numbers, are those numbers inflated having a powerhouse team around him? Did being overage also help?

      On a totally unrelated issue, Michal Roszival is 34, not 32.

    • rosloe62 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      Sad to see Emery go. He had a chance to split time and win a couple more cups. Philly is mess right now, he should have stayed, but I wish him the best. I think the Hawks will be fine with their back up situation. Once the playoffs start it’s all Crow anyway.

  7. rosloe62 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Great signings! Keep your playoff contributors on the team at reasonable prices.

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