Hawks acquire Handzus from San Jose

Hawks acquire Handzus from San Jose

Posted by TimS on Mon, 04/01/2013 - 12:08

The Blackhawks have acquired center Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks for a fourth-round draft pick.

Handzus, who played for the Hawks previously from 2006-07, is a 55 percent faceoff winner who had 2 goals and was minus-9 for the Sharks.

More to come.

Better safe than sorr:

That’s the approach the Blackhawks are taking with Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp and their shoulder injuries.

Both Hossa and Sharp will miss Monday’s game against Nashville, the 11th straight for Sharp and sixth in a row for Hossa.

“We’re looking to get them in this week here,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said following Monday’s morning skate. “They’re real close, and then with the fact we have a couple extra days here. More than cautious and more than ready when they come back is kind of what we’re looking at.”

Sharp said if this were Game 7 of the playoffs he would be playing.

“It’s still not where it needs to be to play,” Sharp said. “When it’s ready to go I’m going to play. I’m not going to miss games just to be cautious. I’m going to be out there playing whether the team is winning or losing.

“I think every time you’re injured there’s a mental aspect to it. You want to make sure you feel safe out there and put it behind you. You can’t be thinking about getting hurt or playing safe to stay healthy because that’s when you do get hurt. Mentally, I think I’m past the injury.”

Hossa was put on injured reserve retroactive to March 18 when he got hurt against Colorado.

“Every day is helpful,” Hossa said. “It feels better, but I need a little bit more time.”

Corey Crawford will start for the Hawks against the Predators.

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