Blackhawks sign Michal Rozsival

12 Sep

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed defenseman Michal Rozsival to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal is worth $2 million, a source told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.

Rozsival recorded 13 points, 34 penalty minutes and a plus-8 rating in 54 regular-season games with the Phoenix Coyotes last season.

The 34-year-old Rozsival is known as a good shot-blocker and has 12 years of NHL experience, including seven postseason appearances.

Rozsival was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 1996 draft and has appeared in 756 career regular-season games.

Interesting move by the Hawks.  This seems to make a real log jam on defense now.  Don’t forget that the Hawks signed Brookbank earlier this year.  So who is going to go?  Montador?  There are rumors he is still suffering from concussion type symptoms.  Does this mean super nintendo Hjalmmarson is on his way out of town via a trade?

Ranger fans are laughing at us.  They couldn’t wait to see Rozsival get shipped out of town.  However I feel that their feelings had something to do with the large contract Glen Sather signed him to.  Rozsival looked pretty good last playoffs against the Hawks while playing for the Coyotes aka the new New Jersey Devils.  As in their horribly boring style of play.

I’m just happy that there is some hockey news to report instead of the doom and gloom we’ve all been reading about due to the impending lockout.

TTS

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