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26 Michal Handzus C
Height/Weight: 6-5/215 | Birthdate: 3/11/1977 | Birthplace: Banska Bystrica, Czechoslovakia | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 14 | Salary: $2,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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6/16/2014

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Center Handzus Unlikely To Re-Sign With Chicago

News: Michal Handzus has been informed by the Blackhawks that they will be "going in a different direction," TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Analysis: Michal Handzus has been with the Blackhawks since coming over via trade in the 2012-13 campaign, but it looks like this time is about to end. The 37-year-old has logged 185 career goals since his debut in the 1998-99 season, playing with six different NHL teams. It's unclear at this point whether Handzus is ready to hang up the skates, so he could test the free-agent waters and attempt to play a few more seasons.

5/29/2014

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Chicago's Handzus The Unlikely Hero In Game 5

News: Michal Handzus scored a game-winning goal in the second overtime of Wednesday's Game 5 win over the Kings, helping the Blackhawks stave off elimination.
Analysis: At 37 years old, Michal Handzus is merely part of the supporting cast at this stage in his career, but he came through for the most vital goal of the postseason thus far for the Blackhawks, who entered the game with a 3-1 series deficit. The Blackhawks mostly rely on Handzus for his work on the penalty kill, so don't expect a rash of scoring opportunities to suddenly come his way in light of his offensive heroics.

5/10/2014

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Chicago's Handzus Tallies First Goal Of Playoffs

News: Michal Handzus scored his first goal of the postseason in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Wild.
Analysis: Michal Handzus' tally briefly tied the game at 2-2 in the second period, before the Wild's Nino Niederreiter potted the game-winner less than a minute later. After compiling just 16 points in 59 regular season contests, the 37-year-old has predictably carried over that meager production in the playoffs, contributing only two points in 10 games.

4/12/2014

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Blackhawks' Handzus Not Playing Saturday

News: Michal Handzus will not play in Saturday's game against the Predators, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: The Blackhawks are resting some players, but Michal Handzus isn't exactly a star, and his inclusion among the scratches indicates that he's a bit more banged up than some of the team's other forwards.

4/6/2014

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Blackhawks' Handzus To Play Sunday

News: Michal Handzus (undisclosed) will return to the lineup Sunday against the Blues.
Analysis: Sidelined the previous two games with an undisclosed ailment, Michal Handzus figures to return as the center for one of the Blackhawks' bottom two lines. Handzus provides more utility on defense than as a scorer, as he's compiled only 15 points in 56 games this season.

4/4/2014

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Blackhawks' Handzus (Rest) Out Friday

News: Michal Handzus will not play in Friday's game against the Blue Jackets, as he stayed behind in Chicago to rest.
Analysis: Given that his absence is just to catch some rest, Michal Handzus is a decent bet to rejoin the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blues. With the playoffs fast approaching, this may not be Handzus' last off day of the season.

4/3/2014

Michal Handzus, C, CHI Blackhawks To Scratch Handzus On Thursday

Michal Handzus

Blackhawks To Scratch Handzus On Thursday

News: Michal Handzus will not play Thursday against the Wild, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Coach Joel Quenneville will turn to Joakim Nordstrom to man the second line while Michal Handzus receives a rest Thursday. Handzus has just three points in 15 games since the Olympics.

2/11/2014

Michal Handzus, C, CHI Hawks' Handzus Struggling To Find Consistency

Michal Handzus

Hawks' Handzus Struggling To Find Consistency

News: Michal Handzus has 11 points and a minus-1 rating in 41 games this season.
Analysis: Michal Handzus played an integral role in the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup run last season with 11 points and a plus-7 rating in 23 playoff contests, but he's mostly disappointed in a bottom-six role this season. He still remains an important contributor on the penalty kill, and could reemerge as more of an offensive force with a strong performance for Slovakia during the Winter Olympics.

12/28/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Handzus Tallies Pair In Hawks' Win

News: Michal Handzus had a goal and an assist in Friday's 7-2 victory over the Avalanche.
Analysis: Though several players on the Blackhawks' top-flight offense justifiable garner more attention than Michal Handzus, the 36-year-old has been a vital cog in the system, particularly when it comes to winning faceoffs and checking opposing skaters. His six goals and six assists in 23 games have also given him some added value in deeper leagues.

12/12/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Hawks' Hanzdus Contributes Goal, Helper Wednesday

News: Michal Handzus had a goal and assist in Wednesday's win over the Flyers.
Analysis: On a day in which the Blackhawks tallied seven goals, it was Michal Handzus who stood out as one of the more noteworthy contributors, finishing the game as the second star. His third goal of the season came while the Blackhawks were shorthanded.

12/6/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Hawks' Handzus Returning Friday

News: Michal Handzus (illness) will play Friday vs. the Ducks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: As anticipated, Michal Handzus will reenter the lineup after demonstrating that the illness is behind him during Friday's morning skate. He's expected to center the second line against the Ducks.

12/6/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Hawks' Handzus Back At Morning Skate

News: Michal Handzus (illness) was on the ice Friday for the team's morning skate, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Coach Joel Quenneville hasn't indicated whether or not Michal Handzus will suit up Friday against the Ducks, but his participation during the morning session certainly looks promising. We'll know officially during pregame warmups if Handzus will draw back into the lineup.

12/5/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Hawks' Handzus Could Play Friday

News: Michal Handzus (illness) could play Friday against the Ducks, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Michal Handzus stayed behind for the team's trip to Minnesota for Thursday's game, but it sounds like he's progressing and could get the green light to play Friday.

12/5/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Hawks' Handzus Will Not Play Thursday

News: Michal Handzus (illness) will not travel with the team to Minnesota for Thursday's game against the Wild.
Analysis: Rather than risk infecting his teammates with his illness, Michal Handzus will stay back in Chicago and try to kick the bug in time for Friday's home tilt against Anaheim.

12/3/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Hawks' Handzus Out Tuesday

News: Michal Handzus will not play in Tuesday's game against the Stars due to an illness, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Michal Handzus seems to just be dealing with a minor illness that will keep him out Tuesday. Consider him day-to-day with the sickness.

11/25/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Blackhawks' Handzus To Play Monday

News: Michal Handzus will play in Monday's game against the Oilers, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Michal Handzus did not play Saturday despite being activated from injured reserve, but he is set to play Monday for the first time since Oct. 24. Handzus will skate on the Blackhawks' second line with Brandon Pirri and Patrick Kane.

11/24/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Hawks' Handzus To Remain Out Saturday

News: Michal Handzus (hand) will not play Saturday vs. the Canucks.
Analysis: Michal Handzus looked like a possibility to play after he participated in line rushes during morning skate, but he'll need some more practice time before drawing back into the lineup. He could be activated from injured reserve at some point next week.

11/23/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Blackhawks Activate Handzus From IR

News: Michal Handzus (hand) was activated from injured reserve Saturday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Michal Handzus won't play Saturday, but the team elected to bring him back onto the active roster after he practiced earlier in the morning without any sort of setback. Expect to see him back on the ice at some point next week.

11/23/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Blackhawks' Handzus Takes Part In Line Rushes

News: Michal Handzus (hand) participated in the Blackhawks' line rushes during morning skate, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: The Blackhawks anticipated all along that Michal Handzus would join the team in Vancouver, but the team didn't seem optimistic that he'd suit up for morning skate. Handzus' participation would seem to indicate that he could be included in Saturday's lineup, but expect coach Joel Quenneville to make an announcement before game time if that's indeed the case.

11/21/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Hawks' Handzus Close To Return

News: Michal Handzus (hand) is expected to join the team in Vancouver on Saturday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Michal Handzus likely won't suit up for the game against the Canucks, but the fact that he's flying out to practice with the team means he's almost ready to return. A return for Monday's game against the Oilers seems like a more reasonable expectation for the veteran center.

11/14/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Blackhawks Place Handzus On IR

News: Michal Handzus (hand) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: The Blackhawks elected to move Michal Handzus to IR after he experienced a setback a few days ago and looks to be a couple weeks away from a return. Alex Broadhurst was recalled from AHL Rockford to provide the team with some added forward depth.

11/13/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Hawks' Handzus Suffers Setback

News: Michal Handzus (hand) is still a couple weeks away from returning, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: Michal Handzus hasn't skated for the past couple days, and has apparently suffered a setback that will keep him out for a couple more weeks. The veteran center will likely be designated to a depth role when he returns since Brandon Pirri has taken over the second-line center job, so Handzus holds little value in most fantasy leagues at this point.

11/10/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Hawks' Handzus Still 1-2 Weeks Away

News: Michal Handzus (hand) is still "one or two weeks" away from returning, according to coach Joel Quenneville, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: A hand injury has kept Michal Handzus out since Oct. 24, and it sounds like he'll remain sidelined at least through next week. The team has decided against placing him on IR to this point, but they could opt for a backdated stint should they feel the need to add some depth for the next couple games.

11/8/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Blackhawks' Handzus Absent From Practice

News: Michal Handzus (hand) continued to sit out practice Friday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Michal Handzus is already a few days past the end of the one-week timetable that was given for his injury last Tuesday and has yet to skate. It's unlikely he'll make enough progress by Saturday morning to suit up for either of the Blackhawks' games this weekend.

11/6/2013

Michal Handzus, C, CHI

Michal Handzus

Hawks' Handzus Misses Morning Skate

News: Michal Handzus (hand) was not present at the team's morning skate Wednesday, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: Michal Handzus was expected to be able to return for Wednesday's matchup with the Jets, but his absence from the morning skate all but guarantees he won't be in the lineup. Consider him day-to-day moving forward, but any Handzus owners should be wary of the aging center, as he is expected to be nagged by injuries all season.