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Horton and Handzus join the Cavalry

by Corey Graham | February 13, 2014, 11:33 AM ET

It has been a busy couple days for the Quebec Canons as they are pleased to welcome veterans Nathan Horton and Michal Handzus to La Belle Province.  

Horton, acquired from Brandon for Tomas Kopecky, brings 663 games of SICHL experience to the club.  He has recorded 225 goals and 503 points with stops in Chicago, St. Louis and Brandon.  He has five goals and 16 points this year in 26 games with the Wheat Kings.

"We are really happy to acquire Horton," said GM Corey Graham, "He is a big body and can contribute in our top 6.  Especially with Lupes (Joffery Lupul) still recovering.  It allows us to get Granlund and Baertschi back to Montreal to develop."

"I didn't really want to move Kopes (Kopecky), but it was clear he wanted to test the waters in the off season and we had to decide between him and Joffery as UFAs.  We wish him all the best in Brandon." explained Graham.

Handzus, picked up from Kansas City in exchange for a fifth round pick in the upcoming draft, has played 1134 career games posting 213 goals and 567 points.  He has recorded two goals and seven points in 29 games with the Krunch this year.  The native of Banska Bystrica of the Czech Republic also has made stops in London, Oslo, Brandon, Reykjavic, Philadelphia, Prince George, Boston, Tokyo, Brisbane, and Hartford in his career.

"His passport sure is thick," joked Graham.  "But in all seriousness, he brings a ton of experience, will help out in the faceoff circle, and replaces what we lose from Kopecky on the PK.  I really have to thank Kirk (MacRae) in KC.  This was this quickest trade I think I've ever made, it took all of ten minutes.  I wish they all came together like that."

Horton will make his Canons debut tomorrow when Montreal visits the Gateway Arena.  Handzus has played two games with the club already.

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