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Agent: Handzus could still return to NHL

Michal Handzus hasn’t given up on playing in the NHL again, according to his agent.

The 37-year-old Handzus last donned an NHL uniform for the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2013-14 season. He didn’t sign with an NHL team before the current season and decided in December to return to his native Slovakia and play for HC ’05 Banska Bystrica in the Slovak Extraliga.

“He’s doing well,” Matt Keator, Handzus’ agent, said Monday. “His career is not over. He still has some interest in maybe coming back and trying to play next year here. I think he’s taking this season to heal up from past injuries and play over in Europe and be with his family. But he hasn’t ruled out trying to come back next year.”

Handzus and the Blackhawks parted ways after he spent 1½ seasons with the team. He played a key role as second-line center in their 2013 Stanley Cup championship run, but, hampered by a variety of injuries, he was unable to match that pace last season.

Handzus has seven goals, 11 assists and is a plus-4 in 22 games in Slovakia this season.