Blackhawks lose Handzus for season with torn ACL
Handzus, acquired from Philadelphia in a trade for left winger Kyle Calder, had played in only eight games for Chicago, scoring a pair of goals and five assists.
He was injured on a hit late in the third period of Saturday's game against the St. Louis Blues.
Selected in the fourth round of the 1995 draft by St. Louis, Handzus entered the season with 111 goals and 180 assists in 509 career games with St. Louis, Phoenix and the Flyers.
Handzus represented his country at the 2002 Winter Olympics and also helped Slovakia capture its first gold medal at the World Championship that year.
The bad news for Chicago doesn't stop with Handzus as goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin suffered a broken ring finger Saturday night and will be out indefinitely. In six games this season, Khabibulin is 4-2 with a 3.55 goals-against average.
SportsTicker contributed to this report.
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