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NHL roundup: Blackhawks acquire Handzus in trade

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The San Jose Sharks sent center Michel Handzus to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick, the team announced Monday.

Handzus, 36, played for Chicago in 2006-2007, but played just eight games for the Blackhawks before tearing his anterior-cruciate ligament.

He has one goal and one assist in 28 games for the Sharks this season. But he has won 55 percent of his faceoffs this year. He's also effective in shootouts, having scored three times in seven shootout attempts.

The Blackhawks also reassigned forward Brandon Bollig to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

---The Tampa Bay Lightning announced that they signed defenseman Luke Witkowski to a two-year contract. Witkowski had two goals, eight assists and 46 penalty minutes in 38 games for Western Michigan this season.

The Lightning also announced they signed forward Tanner Richard to a three-year, entry-level contract.

---The Anaheim Ducks acquired forward Harry Zolnierczyk from the Philadelphia Flyers in a trade that sends Jay Rosehill to Anaheim,TSN's Bob McKenzie reported.

Zolnierczyk, 25, has spent the last two seasons shuttling between the Flyers and their AHL affiliate in Adirondack. The 27-year-old Rosehill has spent the entire season with Norfolk of the AHL.

---The NHL announced that Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Joffrey Lupul, San Jose Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi and Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall were named the league's "Three Stars" for the week.

---Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky were named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the month of March.
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