I guess it is safe to say that Michal Handzus enjoyed his second tour of duty in Chicago. Handzus agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Blackhawks. It has been reported the deal is worth $1 million.
Handzus came off at the deadline from San Jose in exchange for a 2013 4th round draft pick. He appeared in 11 regular season games scoirng one goal and totaling 5 assists for a total of 6 points.
In the postseason he played in all 23 games, while fighting through multiple injuries. it was not uncommon for him to miss practice and morning skates the past two months. He totaled 11 points (3 goals & 8 assists) spending most of his time as the second line center.
Fun fact: Handzus has played in more postseason games than regular season games for the Hawks. 19 games in the regular season compared to 23 in the postseason.
At 36 years of age and presumably coming to the end of his career it is a great deal for the Hawks and Handzus. He will serve as insurance incase Marcus Kruger or Brandon Pirri are not ready to handle the 2nd & 3rd line center duties.
He also is a big body who can stand in front of the net as well as be useful on the penalty kill. This is a perfect example of a low risk - high reward signing with no down side.
It effectively eliminates the Hawks from looking for a center on the free agent market and with some other signings means that Chicago is bringing back almost their entire Cup winning team.
Should be a very interesting 2013-2014 season.