Andrew Shaw, Michal Handzus Out For Thursday

The Blackhawks will be without Andrew Shaw and Michal Handzus in Minnesota.

Handzus will miss a second consecutive game, while Shaw got hit hard late in Tuesday night’s loss to the Stars. Neither will travel with the team.

The Hawks recalled Jeremy Morin and Joakim Nordstrom earlier on Wednesday.

17 thoughts on “Andrew Shaw, Michal Handzus Out For Thursday

  • December 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Shaw will be missed. Hope he is back soon.

  • December 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Glad Shaw got some redemption for the last game and dropped his mits, but it was a boner of a move to keep swing once lines had jumped in. Didn’t care for the little bit of showboating after the fight either. That’s the type of stuff classless football and basketball players do.

    Anybody else hear that Kane is a game time decision for tomorrow too?

  • December 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Roussel never stopped throwing punches until he got clocked by Shaw who had his sweater pulled over his head and didn’t turtle up. Classless show by Shaw? Please. Like the linesman did their job. ..They botched it. You get out there and trade punches in front of your fans and see what you do after you stand up to a bigger guy than you. He was pumped with adrenaline like anyone else who fights. Give it a rest. Hawks fans should be proud of Shaw.

  • December 5, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Does anyone know who’s gonna be in that 2C spot? There are essentially 3 centers out for the game tonight – Shaw, Pirri, Handzus

  • December 5, 2013 at 8:27 am

    So showboating after a fight is ok, showboating after a goal is not ok? I’m glad we’re getting all of these settled.

    Roussel is the Stars version of Shaw… he’s just managed to get through his first 65 games without being suspended.

  • December 5, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I’m pleased to see Nordstrom back up here. He’s definitely a keeper, though raw and a work in progress. Kid can skate, is fast on his skates and has obvious big time defensive potential at forward.

    Obviously Shaw is hurt…I wonder about a broken hand, but who knows. A loss to be sure.

    Morin? He’s the Rockford shuttle player and with Shaw and Bickell down, he’s here to fill a need for awhile.

    Pirri? His fate with the Blackhawks is sealed. He’s a Rockford shuttle type too. Just not a Q player, and his limitation in terms of skating ability and defense don’t fit. Best thing for Pirri would be to trade him at some point.

  • December 5, 2013 at 10:29 am

    ^ 10 prediction points for JS.

  • December 5, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I am w/ You Rufus on 42… his only BIG weakness was on Winning puck/board battle in D zone vs. heavy forecheck (needs a little muscle/weight there)… ironically one of his strengths, was using SPEED to forecheck and WIN board battles in O zone…

    But agree- the kid is “Q/Hawk” type skater… Now w/ 26 and 65 both out…
    I really wouldn’t mind 42 getting some 3rd or 2nd line games… most likely 16 will…
    IMO- 42 has a more upside potential than 16!!!

  • December 5, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Look JS, it was not my intention to get into a pissing match with this Shaw thing the other night. However, I have a right to state my opinion as you do yours. We clearly disagree on this subject, yet we really don’t, because I know you are a big fan of Shaw. Sorry, I didn’t think Shaw was showboating after that fight. He simply saluted the home crowd, while Roussel was being rather antagonistic after scoring on the PS. I’m sorry I don’t agree with you about Shaw and Roussel. They both have an edge to their game, and serve a role on their respective teams. Roussel just takes it a step further IMO as far as the cheap stuff. Let’s just agree to disagree, ok? After all we are both big supporters of Blackhawks hockey right?

  • December 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Roussel and Shaw are the same brand of hockey player. They each do what they do on the ice and are valuable members of their respective teams. I don’t have a problem with Shaw, though sometimes he is prone to cross the line and put his team at an unnecessary disadvantage. But his pros and his work ethic are way, way greater than his liabilities. Roussel? I have no real problem with what he did the other night either. He’s a good hockey player. I’m sure you would get every member of the Blackhawks to agree with that.

  • December 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I’m just glad someone is coming in to fill the “love to hate ’em” void that’s left after conference realignment took Bieksa, Burrows and Kesler away. The more story lines, the more fun!

  • December 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    We can agree on that Phil! No pissing match intended, I’m just trying to point out a lot of double standards I’ve seen lately, not just from you.

    Generally speaking, every fan of every other team hates Shaw and they think he’s dirty. Kind of like how Vancouver fans think Duncan Keith is the dirtiest player ever (and really, after flying elbow to Sedin and Paul Bunyan swing to Carter’s face, I can’t really blame them). Like every Hawks fan hates Burrows because he’s a hair-pulling, finger-biting bi-atch. All I’m saying is try to judge character equally and not give someone a pass because they are a Hawk. I try to be consistent, which is why I had such disdain for Carcillo.

    Something that really confuses me about Rufus… Nordstrom starts the season with the Hawks but gets demoted quickly because he can’t cut it and needs to work on his game. Pirri comes up, plays 18 out of 25 games at a pretty high level, and his demotion back to Rockford is because he’s shuttle type. There is just no consistency. I can almost guarantee that Nordstrom will get sent down (as soon as Handzus/Bickell are healthy), and at some point later in the season Pirri will be back up. Roster moves for 12th/13th men aren’t etched in stone.

    What I’m learning about Q (and really Bowman it seems too), is that he cares more about a players “floor” than their “ceiling”. I feel like he takes comfort knowing the minimum he can get from a player versus the maximum.

  • December 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm


    Nordstrom has a DEFINITE future with the Blackhawks. It may not be this year because he just joined the world of North American hockey. But his future with the Hawks is 100% better than that of Brandon “Where’s My Shuttle Pass to Rockford” Pirri.

    Nordstrom is by far a better skater…a faster skater..and by far a better defensive minded forward who has a real future as a PK specialist and “special teamer.” I’m not bashing Pirri, I’m only discounting his NHL level hockey skill set, and more importantly, his future in Chicago. And ditto goes for Jeremy Morin so far at that goes.

    Thanks for playing our game. Vanna has a party gift for you on the way out the door.

  • December 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm


  • December 5, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I completely agree that Pirri doesn’t have a future with the Blackhawks outside of maybe a few more call ups this season, but I’d argue on him not being on any NHL roster.

    He has offensive ability and can learn to be better at a 2 way game. He’s 22. You can argue that Patrick Sharp didn’t figure it out until he was 26. Unless you think he was good when he put up 35 points in 80 games.

    Viktor Stalberg was given a huge contract and he sucks at defense and can only finish on the Columbus Blue Jackets (and me! RIMSHOT).

    You think Nordstrom has a spot on the Hawks ahead of TT, McNeil, Danault, Hartman, Broadhurst, Hayes, Hinoztra, Ross? Remember, we are looking at 2-3 roster spots available next year. I know you want your boy Danault to have one. You know TT will have one. Does Nordstrom beat out all of those other guys?

    The Hawks currently have what is known as a “great problem”

  • December 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Who cares who it is as long as they produce…Nordstrom is a great kid with a big upside to his game over the next couple of years…see Kruger…I hope has a great game tonight and sticks, as he is a good 2 way player…and to Wall, really the only thing that Nordstrom really struggled with was clearing the puck along the boards…he won lots of battles, he could just never complete the task…also, he’s a smart kid…as for Pirri and Morin, they are good players that are going to stick somewhere…remember, Q is a very good coach, not a great GM…

  • December 5, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    T is going to be wicked. Well be deeper these yrs coming up than this yr.

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