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
Posted in Blackhawks, IceHogs, News and Notes, Trade
Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Whitney, Chris Block, Doug Wilson, Johnny Oduya, Kyle Calder, Mathieu Beaudoin, Michal Handzus, Pete Leblanc, Rob Klinkhammer, San Jose, Sharks, Stan Bowman, Trade
By Brad Vandenberk
The time is almost upon us. Yes that’s right, a completed Blackhawks roster. Although the Hawks haven’t been bitten by the injury bug all that much, they have had their scares.
Steve Montador was the first victim, having his concussion symptoms come back during training camp. Next up was Dan Carcillo, who injured his knee early in the year, saw his first game in over month tonight against the Sharks. Michal Rozsival tweaked his knee and missed a few games. Then Corey Crawford suffered an upper body injury just a week ago giving Ray Emery the keys to the crease. Then, Brent Seabrook missed his first game of the year against the Canucks suffering a lower body injury. The latest saw Marian Hossa take a forearm to the back of the head and being immediately helped off the ice, not returning to the game. The perpetrator, Jannik Hansen, received a 1 game suspension for the incident and Hossa will not miss any action. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Antti Niemi, Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Dave Bolland, Patrick Marleau, Ray Emery, Recap, San Jose, Sharks, Viktor Stalberg
By Brad Gardner
The San Jose Sharks came to Chicago losers of six straight games, and they met an unfavorable host in the unbeaten Blackhawks.
The home team never trailed, getting another solid goaltending performance from Ray Emery. The scoring was provided by depth players, in most cases known more for their defensive acumen than offensive game, with goals from Dave Bolland, Marcus Kruger, Andrew Shaw, and Niklas Hjalmarsson.
It was not scoring, however, but fisticuffs that got the Chicago crowd into the game early. Jonathan Toews was whistled for a boarding penalty on Joe Thornton in the corner, and shortly after, things boiled over between Toews and Thornton and the captains squared off for a first period fight. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Brent Seabrook, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Toews, Marcus Kruger, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Kane, San Jose, Sharks, Tim Kennedy, Viktor Stalberg
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks broke a four-game losing streak at the HP Pavilion, rallying from an early two-goal deficit to defeat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 Tuesday night. The ‘Hawks remained unbeaten in regulation this season in a game that saw rookie Brandon Saad log his first NHL goal in a wild first period.
The Sharks were physical right from the start of the contest and it paid off in the form of a pair of early goals. San Jose laid some hard hits on Andrew Shaw along the boards and Duncan Keith behind the ‘Hawks net. Keith avoided big contact, but landed hard on his back.
With Keith temporarily on the bench, Joe Pavelski knocked in a bouncing puck created by Marc Edouard Vlasic’s shot from the point at the 2:53 mark of the first.
Minutes later, Tommy Wingles got the puck entering the Chicago zone and fired a lazer over the glove of Corey Crawford to make it 2-0 San Jose just 5:18 into the game. At this point, coach Joel Quenneville used his time out in an attempt to settle his team. It did just that as Chicago struck twine three times in the span of 89 seconds. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Desjardins, Andrew Shaw, Antti Niemi, Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Brent Seabrook, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, Game recap, Jamal Mayers, Joe Pavelski, Marcus Kruger, Michal Handzus, Patrick Kane, San Jose, Sharks, Tommy Wingels