Kings’ old 3C is Hawks’ new 2C

Though we all know Michal Handzus was the Kings’ best (or at least most important — see defense) center on many nights. For me, he’s the silver lining in the Hawks’ 2013 cup win.

Handzus aims to keep 2C job with ‘Hawks | ProHockeyTalk
Michal Handzus isn’t your prototypical second-line center on a Stanley Cup-winning team. At 36 years old, he’ll only make $1 million in 2013-14, a far cry from what other top-six pivots around the league are making.

But for now, the 2C job with the Chicago Blackhawks appears his, just as it was for most of last year’s championship playoff run. And he aims to keep it that way.

“If you play well, they’re going to keep you there,” Handzus said [...].

After Handzus, the next likeliest candidate for the role is probably young Brandon Pirri. The 22-year-old led the AHL in scoring last season, racking up 75 points in 76 games with the Rockford IceHogs.

  • Choralone

    Zeus was one of my favorite Kings. I was sorry to see him get badmouthed by so many San Jose fans for his ineffectiveness with the Sharks, and was happy to see him get redemption with his cup win in Chicago.

    • DougS

      I still hope that Zeus comes back to the Kings after his playing days as a coach or a scout.

      • Steve S.

        He has the mind for coaching/ scouting. I’m happy for him.

  • USHA#17

    HJandzus was one of my favorite Kings face off guys since Mr. Ugly himself, Steve Kasper.