Michal Handzus looked to have played his last game with the Chicago Blackhawks when the Hawks skated off the ice for the last time at the United Center after that unfortunate bounce of Nick Leddy to end the 2014 playoff run. Granted, we were all praising Handzus when he knocked in the Game #5 OT winner over Jonathan Quick‘s glove.
Let’s be honest though, Handzus was a crutch that Joel Quenneville wouldn’t let go at anytime no matter how bad or slow Handzus was playing on a team built on skill, possession and youth. In Handzus exit interview he spoke that he wasn’t ever playing good or healthy but wanted to play next season. There is a whole lot of things in that comment that has to drive a Blackhawks fans nuts!
First off he wasn’t healthy and knew he wasn’t playing his best hockey. If he knew that and most Blackhawks fans knew that why on earth was Quenneville playing him especially when it mattered the most in the playoffs? The fact that he was on the ice for only one Patrick Kane goal is mind-boggling but the bigger fact was in the last three games when Q finally took the anchor away from Kane and his line went absolutely nuts. Why would a coach basically sabotage his team for no reason except for the fact that a player that wasn’t defensively responsible even though the myth was he was responsible while players like Brandon Pirri were sent packing.
The worst part of the exit interview is that Handzus still doesn’t want to hang up his skates. There of course has been no hint from the organization or Stan Bowman that they want to re-sign Handzus and that is the worrisome part of the equation! If they wanted to distance themselves from Handzus they would just say thanks for the two seasons instead of remaining quiet.
Please Stan make sure Handzus is playing anywhere else next season and let the Hawks youth take hold of the roster again. This is a team whose core has been youth built within the organization which many believe is ready to return to its roots with the arrival of Teuvo Teravainen.
Thanks #26 for the year and half of service including some huge goals in big spots, but let’s not do this again this season!
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