Handzus, who was acquired from the San Jose Sharks at the trade deadline last season, had three goals, eight assists and a plus-7 rating during the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup run. It was revealed after the season he had played with a broken wrist and a torn MCL during the Stanley Cup finals.
“I had two surgeries, but I’m healing and it’s coming along,” Handzus said prior to the opening ceremonies of the Blackhawks convention on Friday. “Right now, wrist, I still can’t do anything. It’s in a cast for one more week. After four weeks, I’m going to start to do something. It’s a little bit slower. My knee, it’s pretty much I’m rehabbing right now.
“[The doctors] are saying [I’ll be ready for training camp.]”
The 36-year-old Handzus re-signed with the Blackhawks to a one-year deal in early July. He said Friday the decision to return to the Blackhawks was an easy one.
“We won the Cup together,” Handzus said. “I’ve only three months; I got traded in April, but when you go through the playoffs and win it with a group of guys, you know, you get really close to each and you don’t want to leave. Obviously, it’s a strong team for next season. We’re going to have another chance to win it again. You want to put yourself in the best position you can. So, it’s a pretty easy decision to stay here.”
The Blackhawks will return nearly their full team from last season. Goaltender Ray Emery (Philadelphia Flyers) and forwards Dave Bolland (Toronto Maple Leafs), Viktor Stalberg (Nashville Predators) and Michael Frolik (Winnipeg Jets) are the only players who will not be back from the team’s Stanley Cup roster.
The Blackhawks will open their training camp at the University of Notre Dame on Sept. 12.