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Blackhawks acquire center Handzus from Sharks

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  • Center Michal Handzus, then with the Los Angeles Kings, celebrates his game winning goal past Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard. The Blackhawks acquired Handzus in a trade with the San Jose Sharks.

      Center Michal Handzus, then with the Los Angeles Kings, celebrates his game winning goal past Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard. The Blackhawks acquired Handzus in a trade with the San Jose Sharks.
    Associated Press/February 2012

 
 

The Blackhawks have acquired veteran center Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks for a fourth-round draft pick.

The Hawks had been looking for a center other than Jonathan Toews who could win faceoffs and Handzus wins them at a better than 55 percent clip.

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Handzus, 36, appeared in eight games with the Hawks in 2006-07 with his season ending early because of a torn ACL in his knee. He signed a four-year contract with Los Angeles the following summer.

Handzus has a $2.5 million cap hit but will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

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