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Fan Poll: Handzus Returns Soon, What To Do?

By Keith Schultz

Jun 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center

Michal Handzus

celebrates in the locker room with the Stanley Cup after game six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The Blackhawks won 3-2 to win the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: David Sandford/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Michal Handzus is on his way back to the Chicago Blackhawks active roster, and it is right around the corner.  What are the Hawks suppose to do with Handzus when he’s active and travelling with the Hawks on the circus trip?

For a brief review in the 9 games that Joel Quenneville had thrown out Michal Handzus in the 2nd line center role, the Blackhawks offense was stuck in neutral averaging just over 2 goals a game without the ability to put any pucks in the net in the third period.  He also was keeping the 2nd line from any type of momentum on the scoresheet.

Flashforward to the present and the Blackhawks have the #1 scoring offense in the league with Brandon Pirri playing well in the 2nd line roll with another strong night Thursday night.  Pirri didn’t crack the scoresheet but was playing very good in his own zone while hitting Patrick Kane on the tape numerous times for great scoring opportunities.

Now comes the news that Handzus comes back and the fear that old school Q will throw him back in the 2nd line center position.  Handzus was a pivotal player in key spots during the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship run, but his skill set is not set up for a young team with speed and puck control on a nightly basis in the regular season.  Handzus needs to be the first guy in the press box as a healthy scratch or a 4th line guy, but with the Hawks youth developing more than likely Q will stunt their growth to get #26 back into the lineup.

What do you think the Hawks should do when Handzus returns?

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