The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that will not resign Michal Handzus. The information was released to everyone by the great Bob McKenzie
CHI has told Michal Handzus it is going in a different direction. Big veteran Slovak centre will be going to UFA. #TSN
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 16, 2014
The Blackhawks acquired Handzus from the San Jose Sharks last season. Handzus was a vital cog in the Blackhawks 2013 Championship run. Handzus appeared in 11 regular season games recording 1 goal and 5 assists. In the playoffs, Handzus centered for Patrick Kane on the second line. Handzus had 3 goals and 8 assists. The Blackhawks brought Handzus this season as an insurance policy to their young second line center candidates. Handzus was exposed as a liability and constantly slowed down faster line mates. Handzus averaged 13:39 minutes of ice time. By end of the season and into the playoffs, Handzus had become a part time player and a penalty killer.
Handzus has stated that he will not retire from the NHL. Meanwhile the Blackhawks will be looking for a replacement at the second line center position. The leading internal candidates are Andrew Shaw, Ben Smith, and Marcus Kruger. On the penalty kill, Ben Smith is likely to get the first chance to replace Handzus.
We at Blackhawkup.com Thank Michal Handzus for his contributions to the Blackhawks and wish him the best at his next stop.
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