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Blackhawks’ Handzus had two surgeries; expects to be ready for camp

Jul 26, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

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Michal Handzus paid a heavy price to win a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, but he should be healthy for training camp.

According to Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago, the 36-year-old Handzus required not one, but two surgeries following the Stanley Cup Final, after playing the championship series against the Boston Bruins with a broken wrist and a torn MCL.

“I had two surgeries, but I’m healing and it’s coming along,” Handzus told ESPN Chicago.

“Right now, wrist, I still can’t do anything. It’s in a cast for one more week. After four weeks, I’m going to start to do something. It’s a little bit slower. My knee, it’s pretty much I’m rehabbing right now.

“[The doctors] are saying [I’ll be ready for training camp.]”

The Blackhawks picked up the veteran center prior to the NHL trade deadline in a deal with the San Jose Sharks.

His contributions – at least what we saw in the stats column – to the Blackhawks championship playoff run includedthree goals and 11 points in 23 games.

He also stepped into a second-line center role, with Dave Bolland injured in the post-season.

The Blackhawks, based on his performance during the playoffs, re-signed Handzus earlier this month.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    It was a right thing. The guy laid it all on the line, the 2nd line responded well with him there, and he’s good on face offs.

    He was also a medical risk with the two injuries, having also had an ACL tear before.

    So he signed for 1 mil 1 year. If he can’t go, they have an available AHL call-up.

    A nice touch was after Toews got to lift the cup, he passed it to Handzus and Jamal Meyers, the two who’d played the longest without winning one.

    • chicagobtech - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      It’s something you have to love about Captain Serious. He knows who gets the Cup next. Zeus and Meyers this season, (I Need More) Hossa with the last Cup.

  2. rgledz - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    It’s Jamal Mayers guys…….not Meyers.

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