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As first reported by the Chicago Blackhawks twitter account, Michal Rozsival, was signed to a reported one year deal by the Hawks’.
Rozsival, 34, played with the Phoenix Coyotes last season collecting one goal and twelve assists and ending up a plus eight on the year. Michal only played 54 games last year due to injuries and has only played in 119 games over the past two seasons also due to injuries.
Many will remember Rozsival from last year’s playoffs where rookie Jimmy Hayes had a controversial hit on him. See below:
Defensive zone coverage and penalty killing is Rozsival’s specialty and that’s exactly what the Blackhawks needed. Chicago also signed Sheldon Brookbank earlier this off-season who is also a good tough d-man with very good shot blocking skills.
Chicago’s defensive core now is considered one of the league’s strongest and deepest which includes Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith, Nick Leddy, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya, Michal Rozsival, Steve Montador, Sheldon Brookbank and youngster Dylan Olsen. This move almost guarantees Olsen will start the season in Rockford.
Many feel a trade is now in order because of the plethora of D-men that the Blackhawks have but don’t count on it. Depending on the health of concussed Steve Montador, you may see Montador and Brookbank rotate from the press box to the ice for a good part of the season depending on the health of the others along with injuries. You also might see Quenneville insert both Montador and Brookbank into the lineup when they play more physical teams such as against rival St. Louis. A team can never have too many defensemen.
Overall this is a fairly strong signing by Chicago and if the reported one year deal worth two million is indeed true, well, that makes it even better.
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