Michal Handzus, center for the Chicago Blackhawks, will miss at least Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Wild because of an upper-body injury. It is unsure at this point how much time Handzus will miss beyond Saturday’s game.
According to ESPNChicago.com,
“Could be out for a little bit, we’ll see,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after the team’s morning skate at the United Center.”
Handzus doesn’t know the meaning of long-term injury. I’m sure the idea of being out for ‘a little bit’ is exactly what he was thinking.
The 36-year-old Handzus played through a broken wrist and torn MCL during the Stanley Cup finals last season. He underwent surgery to repair both areas in the offseason. He missed all six of the team’s preseason games this season to continue rehab. He has one goal and two assists and averaged 13:18 of ice time in nine games this season.
The Chicago Blackhawks are currently looking at a record of 6-1-3, and have 15 points. They are in second place in the Central Division, and will face Minnesota again on Monday, however this time, they’ll have to do it without Michal Handzus.
Handzus is still relatively new to the team, but has proven to be an asset since arriving with the team.
The Blackhawks acquired Handzus in a trade with the San Jose Sharks near the trade deadline last season. He had one goal and five assists in 11 regular-season games with the Blackhawks and three goals and eight assists in 23 games in the playoffs. He signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks in July.