The Chicago Blackhawks have reportedly acquired Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick (a draft pick that originally belonged to the Sharks, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area).
Way back in the dark ages of 2006, Handzus was traded to the Blackhawks from the Philadelphia Flyers. He only played eight games before he tore his ACL and sat for the remainder of the season. This season, he has exactly one goal and one assist in 28 games for the Sharks.
So why in the world would the Blackhawks trade for this guy again (even though the “trade” was really just giving back the pick they took from the Sharks in the first place)? Oh, right, because he wins faceoffs — he’s at 55.6% for faceoff wins right now, more than any other Blackhawks center not named Jonathan Toews.
The best part of this deal? To make room for him, the Blackhawks sent down Brandon Bollig to the Rockford IceHogs. This automatically makes this trade a winner.