He impressed me. Managed to get a career high 11 points in the playoffs and had a few good plays. Considering the year he had in SJ prior to coming to Chicago my hats off to him. Great to see some of the veterans finally win their first Cup.
Roszival was the highlight of the veteran acquisitions Bowman made. He ate up minutes and was overall very solid on the back end.
With the way it all turned out? I don't know about a missing piece, but he certainly helped.
They traded for a guy that had 1 goal and 2 points in 28 games at the time of the trade. I can't imagine they thought he would end up with more goals, and more points, in the playoffs than he had in the regular season, in fewer games.
Every team that wins a Cup gets unexpected production from somewhere. Handzus would be one of those guys this year. Even a stacked Chicago team in 2010 ended up with Byfuglien tied for the team lead in goals in the playoffs. Hossa had 3 goals in the playoffs that year. Good luck trying to predict that.
Possibly. He turned out to be a big help to them. He wasn't even in the line up on a consistent basis in San Jose. He was only useful in the shootouts and just didn't seem to fit. It was best SJ moved him. But with the Hawks, he looked like a rejuvenated player. Very happy to see him finally win the Cup.
Handzus frustrated me at times (like the 0-10 faceoffs game) but it was interesting to me to see just how respected and much a part of things he was in the postgame celly which makes me look at him in a little different light.
Not sure if "missing piece" is the right term for it but he definitely clicked well with the younger core blackhawks and despite being older than them or because he's older than them he brought a lot of desire knowing this was maybe his last best shot.
Last 2 minutes of game 6 really personified Handzus' time with the Hawks. He was the extra attacker along with Toews line when we needed the tying goal then he was the forward along with Toews and Frolik when they were protecting the lead. All this while playing with an injured hand and a torn MCL. Coach Q relied on him and he came through.
And a good move for the Sharks. For whatever reason he was putting in ZERO effort with San Jose and was thus useless to them. Completely lazy and disinterested. I doubt that would have changed in the playoffs. I'm sure the Sharks are much happier with the pick.
He's the one Hawk that I was happy to see win it. I felt a little bad for him that the Kings won it the year after he moved on. The fact that he was a contributor for the Hawks, not a total passenger, makes it all the better. I don't know if they wouldn't have won it without him, but he certainly helped.
Originally Posted by The Great 88
He was healthy scratched in San Jose for like 5 games straight
No offense, but maybe San Jose "sucked" for not knowing how to best utilize or encourage him. Maybe there's a reason why Chicago has two Cups in the last 4 years and San Jose has none. I'm not ragging on SJ or trying to upset their fans; I'm just stating the truth. One team gets the most out of players who ought to be invisible, like Handzus and Bickell, and the other seems to always wonder why its players who ought to be visible at important times aren't. It's true that Handzus isn't a great player, but you shouldn't rag on him when another team gets more out of him than yours. That should tell you more about your team than about the player.
Still laugh about the scouting reports the Hawks got after the trade from the Sharks fans. They could have certainly used Handzus themselfs
I honestly don't get what you are trying to say. Are you trying to say that the Sharks fans who gave you those scouting reports are poor evaluators of talent in a player?
Maybe a better scouting report would be from an NHL GM who has never missed the playoffs in 10 years, despite not always being to always spend to the cap, and being absolutely unable to attract free agents? Because he traded this player away for a 4th. And the head coach of his team scratched Handzus for something like 5 straight games. And this is a coach who has been known throughout his career to put too much emphasis on veteran leadership and shot blocking.