The San Jose Sharks have traded Michal Handzus to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 4th round pick in the 2013 draft. It seems as though Handzus’s key contribution to the Blackhawks will be faceoffs because he only has 2 points and is a -9 in 28 games. He has won 55 percent of his faceoffs taken though which would be good for the Blackhawks as they are 18th in the league in faceoffs.
Another trade was made right after this one that had Harry Zolnierczyk going to the Anaheim Ducks and Jay Rosehill going to the Philadelphia Flyers. Zolnierczyk has only played 7 games for the Flyers this season but played 37 games last year getting 3 goals and 3 assists. Rosehill has been playing in the AHL this season but will reportedly be headed straight to the Flyers.
These two seemingly insignificant trades could be a sign of something bigger coming down the line. San Jose has been the center of a lot of speculation specifically about Ryane Clowe. The Flyers were said to be one of the front runners in the race for Clowe. Is getting rid of Handzus making space for a package for Clowe? Is Rosehill part of this package? I’m waiting for tonight’s San Jose game to see if Clowe will be a healthy scratch like Jarome Iginla was in Calgary before he got traded. Though these trades may not make sense to people yet I have a feeling they are about to.