Stan made a move like this last year, and Q never used the guy
Cheap price. Good in faceoffs. Adds depth for center. Not a blockbuster, but I don't see what is wrong with this move either.
Handzus has a clear role though as a third or fourth line center and faceoff specialist. I guess I just don't see the downside with move. Hopefully there is another shoe to drop but the Blackhawks got someone that can help in a clear weakspot.
like icehog said...he probably will have really an effect that has zero influece on a game. if a guy is 45% on a 4th line and you improve to 55% the 10% swing does nil when adding toi and the line he is on. its a move and nothing more. you probably wont see him play much. the pressing need is a 2c and has been. giving up a 4th rounder still could have been used in another deal, and or specifically developing that player. the hawks basically gave up a pick for a "waiver" quality player.
He can't provide what John Madden provided in 2010 though? Decent defense and a guy that can skate out there to take important faceoffs. Yes I want another top 6 forward and one with size would be nice. But those don't grow on trees unfortunately. I guess I just don't see the need to poo poo adding a guy that fills a role that is lacking on the team right now.
I guess the bottom line is he an upgrade for fourth line center or not? If he is then that has some value because he can then take some important faceoffs and skate off like Madden would in the cup year. If not he becomes Brendan Morrison like Icehog suggested.he doesnt have maddens legs. comparable stats? yes. legs are far worse than maddens.