Chicago Blackhawks Sign Michal Rozsival

By Krista Golden
Matt Kartozian-US Presswire

The Chicago Blackhawks may have a new bitter rivalry with the Phoenix Coyotes, but that apparently doesn’t extend to every player.

The Blackhawks signed defenseman Michal Rozsival to a one year, $2 million contract today. The move came after a rather quiet summer for the Blackhawks front office, which made no trades and only signed defenseman Sheldon Brookbank in July’s free agency rush.

Rozsival, 34, has 64 goals and 196 assists in 756 games over his career. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1996 and played with the team from 1999-2003. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2005 and played with them until January 2011, when he was traded to the Coyotes. In 2006 he jointly won the Plus/Minus Award with Wade Redden.

Rozsival scored three goals and three assists in his first 33 games with the Coyotes. He then had one goal and 12 assists in 54 games in a 2011-2012 season that was riddled with injury. He recorded no points in 15 playoff games in 2012, and in the 2012 Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Kings, he was hit by Dustin Brown and helped off the ice.

During the Coyotes’ playoff series against the Blackhawks, he scored no points and had a -1 plus/minus rating in six games.

Rozsival joins an already full defensive roster, which includes Brookbank and Johnny Oduya, who was signed to a three-year extension earlier in the year. His signing also puts the Blackhawks at over $64 million in salary cap hits and could be an indication of an impending trade.

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