Chicago Blackhawks forward Michal Handzus was finally placed on injured reserve Thursday after missing eight games due to an upper-body injury.
The move was made retroactive to Oct. 25, the day after Handzus' last game appearance. On nine games this season, Handzus has one goal -- a game-winner against the New York Islanders on Oct. 11 -- and two assists.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday that Handzus might be weeks from a return to action.
Handzus, 36, is on his sixth team in a 16-year NHL career. He joined the Blackhawks in the middle of last season in a trade with the San Jose Sharks and helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup.
The Blackhawks replaced Handzus on the roster by recalling center Alex Broadhurst, 20, from AHL Rockford.
In 16 games for Rockford this season, Broadhurst posted four goals and seven assists. He was a seventh-round draft pick in 2011 out of the U.S. Hockey league's Green Bay Gamblers.