April 1, 2013: Chicago Blackhawks acquire F Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks for a 2013 fourth-round pick
Assessment: Again, right outside the February-March threshold, so we’re counting it. The Blackhawks were in need of a second-line center. The rotation of Dave Bolland, Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger and Michael Frolik, were not giving the Blackhawks consistent play at the spot. Handzus had been in the Blackhawks organization before, so they were familiar with him. He had spent eight games with Blackhawks back in 2006-07.
Handzus was sitting at the end of the Sharks bench not being used. Bowman took Handzus off the Sharks’ hands for a fifth-round pick. Handzus would appear in 11 regular-season games, scoring one goal and notching five assists. Handzus would make his biggest impact in the playoffs. He appeared in all 23 games, scoring three goals and recording eight assists. Handzus had injuries to his hand and knee; rumor was he played with a hairline fracture in his hand all playoffs.
Handzus would struggle in his second season with the Blackhawks. After winning the Stanley Cup in 2013, the Blackhawks were eliminated in the Western Conference finals the following season. Handzus’ ice time dropped three minutes per game in the playoffs in 2013-14.
The fifth-round pick the Blackhawks sent to San Jose turned into Gage Ausmus from the USA U18 USHL team. Ausmus has spent the last three seasons at the University of North Dakota. He has no goals and six assists in 26 games. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup with Handzus’ efforts.
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April 2, 2013: Chicago Blackhawks acquire D Kirill Gotovets from the Tampa Bay Lightning for F Philippe Paradis
Assessment: Gotovets is a small defenseman who spent all of 2014-15 with Indy Fuel, the Blackhawks’ ECHL affliate. He then spent the last two seasons in Rockford. Paradis is a left winger who spent five games in the ECHL right after the trade and who has spent the last three seasons in AHL with the Syracuse Crunch. He was the 27th overall pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2009. This was a trade of minor league players.
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April 3, 2013: Chicago Blackhawks acquire F Maxime Sauve from the Boston Bruins for F Rob Flick
Assessment: Sauve was an AHL center who appeared in one game for the Bruins before being traded to ’Hawks. He spent eight games with Rockford IceHogs right after the trade, recording one goal and two assists. He then moved on to the Milwaukee Admirals. Flick was a fourth-round pick of the Blackhawks. He spent two seasons with the IceHogs and one season in the ECHL before being traded to the Bruins. He spent his entire time with Boston in the AHL.
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