CHICAGO -- Even after winning the Stanley Cup twice in four seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks are still searching for a more permanent solution at center for their second line.
While the rest of their lineup appears set, the coveted space playing in the middle of stars like Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa remains vacant as the Blackhawks turn their eyes toward the 2013-14 season. Not even the re-signing of 36-year-old veteran Michal Handzus solves the issue, even though he played well in that role for much of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs and re-signed for a salary cap-friendly $1 million on a one-year deal, according to Capgeek.com.
Handzus had arm surgery after the Cup run but is expected to be ready for training camp in September. However, he'll be used initially as a versatile depth forward -- the role he played after being acquired from the San Jose Sharks at the NHL Trade Deadline in April.