Sharks trade Handzus to Blackhawks

Sharks trade Handzus to Blackhawks
April 1, 2013, 1:30 pm
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In 28 games with the Sharks this season, Michal Handzus has one game and one assist. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The Sharks have traded veteran center Michal Handzus to Chicago in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The pick originally belonged to the Sharks.

Handzus, who has been a scratch for the last six games, has a goal and an assist for two points and a -9 rating in 28 games. He had to waive a no-trade clause in order to join the Blackhawks, where he played in 2006-07.

"Michal has been a tremendous veteran presence for our hockey club the last two seasons on and off the ice, especially in helping our younger players understand how to be a professional," said Wilson in a statement. "We wish all the best to Michal and his family and thank him for all his contributions in his time here."

The 36-year-old signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Sharks on July 1, 2011. In 67 games last season, Handzus had seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points.

“Handzus gives us a couple different looks," Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman told CSNChicago.com. "His size is something we like, as well. You get into a playoff series, it's nice to know you have the big guy in the middle there to match up against. There are some big centers in the West, guys that are hard to contain. Not only is he big, but he's proven that he can do that in the past. He's been a high-profile player for a number of years and we know him from having had him before even though it was a short stint. We know his character and his motivation and his drive. He's a great teammate, he's a competitive guy.”

The Blackhawks were 3-0 against the Sharks in their season series.