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Blackhawks trade for Michal Handzus
The Blackhawks have acquired center Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks, a source has confirmed. TSN in Canada is reporting that the Hawks only surrendered a fourth-round draft pick in order to get the 36-year-old veteran.
Handzus, who played eight games for the Hawks in the 2006-07 season, has just one goal and one assist this year — both coming against the Hawks on Feb. 5 — in 28 games. What he does bring is size and faceoff skills. He’s won 55.6 percent of his draws this season, a facet of the game the Hawks have struggled with this season (other than Jonathan Toews). And at 6-4, 218 pounds, he provides the Hawks with some much-needed size up front. He’s spent much of his career as a regular on power play units, with 38 career power play goals and 81 power play assists.
To make room for Handzus on the roster, the Hawks sent Brandon Bollig down to Rockford of the AHL.