By Chris Block
Chicago Blackhawks on Monday acquired center Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a fourth round selection in the upcoming 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
In 28 games this season with the Sharks, Handzus posted 1 goal and 1 assist. He was a minus-9 while playing mostly third and fourth line minutes for the Sharks.
The pick the Blackhawks sent San Jose had originally belonged to the Sharks. At the 2012 Draft, the Hawks and Sharks swapped 4th round picks, so the Sharks could move up and the Hawks could pick up an additional 7th round selection. That later pick, obtained from San Jose, originally belonged to Tampa Bay which the Sharks obtained in a trade involving center Dominic Moore. Chicago used the additional 2012 7th round pick (191st overall) to select goaltender Brandon Whitney of the Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL), the same team Phillip Danault played for at the time.
Handzus turned 36 last month. This will be his second stint with the Blackhawks organization. He is now the second-oldest Blackhawk behind Jamal Mayers, who is 38.
Michal Handzus previously spent the 2006-07 season with the Blackhawks, appearing in only 8 games in October of 2006 before knee surgery ended his season. Read more
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–Ben Smith is now riding a four-game goal streak, posting five goals in that span. Rockford beat Hamilton 2-1 in a shootout on Wednesday night. Brandon Pirri sealed the win in the shootout after Jeff Taffe and Smith also converted in the breakaway skills session.
Rockford will close out their 7-game road trip Friday night in Milwaukee. They return home on Sunday afternoon to face the Chicago Wolves. Its the Wolves final visit to MetroCentre this season.
The IceHogs have won five of their last eight games (4-3 on the road). They’d gone three months without going to a shootout before having them in back-to-back games this week and splitting the outcomes. Hannu Toivonen has a .948 save percentage over his last six appearances.
–I’ll be doing a Rockford Q&A in post-form here on the site this Monday. For whatever reason I’ve been receiving a lot more IceHogs’ and prospect related emails than usual of late. Typically I get those when the Hawks aren’t doing well or the IceHogs or individual prospects catch fire. Anyway, I’ve responded to just about every one already person-to-person, but since so many were particularly thoughtful queries, I figured we’d put it up for everyone to read. I’ve seen more IceHogs’ hockey this season than is probably good for my health, so I can help you with just about anything crossing your mind concerning that team. So, if there’s any IceHogs’ topics or questions you would like discussed, email those to me by Sunday morning and I’ll include any that aren’t already covered. Read more
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Tagged Ben Smith, Brad Brown, Brandon Pirri, Byron Froese, Christian Ruuttu, Dominik Hasek, Doug Gilmour, Frantisek Kucera, Gary Suter, Hannu Toivonen, J.P. Dumont, Jeremy Morin, Jocelyn Lemieux, Kim Johnsson, Kyle Beach, Kyle Calder, Marcus Kruger, Martin Havlat, Michael Grosek, Michal Handzus, Murray Craven, Nick Leddy, Randy Cunneyworth, Stephane Beauregard, Stephane Quintal