After dealing away Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik at the NHL Entry Draft, Chicago set about retaining two key contributors to its Stanley Cup championship on Friday, agreeing to terms with veteran center Michal Handzus and defenseman Michal Rozsival.
Handzus, 36, was acquired at the trade deadline from San Jose and proved to be a stellar pickup, becoming the club’s second-line center with Bolland injured and posting 3G-8A-11PTS in the postseason.
Rozsival, 34, had a good regular season (highlighted by his plus-18 rating) and chipped in with four assists and a plus-9 rating in the playoffs, appearing in every game while averaging over 19 minutes per night.
Financial terms of the deals were not released immediately. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports the Handzus deal is for one-year, $1 million (a notable pay drop from the $2.5 million he was making annually on his last deal.)
As for Rozsival, he signed with Chicago last summer on a one-year, $2 million deal.