On Friday evening, the Phoenix Coyotes re-acquired defensman Zybnek Michalek from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Harrison Roupp, goaltender Marc Cheverie and a 3rd round draft pick. Michalek returns to the Coyotes after spending the past two years with the Penguins. Michalek recorded 13 points last season (2G-11A) with Pittsburgh in 62 games. He is more well-known for his defensive prowess and his shot blocking ability. Roupp, a former 3rd round draft pick in 2011, played last year in the Western Hockey League for Prince Albert. He will head to Pittsburgh along with minor league goaltender Marc Cheverie, who spent time in both the ECHL (Gwinnett) and the AHL (Portland) last season.
This was a fantastic move by the Phoenix Coyotes organization. Michalek, a 6’2, 210 lbs. defenseman from the Czech Republic, left two years ago as the Coyotes made every attempt to re-sign him, but could not afford to do so under financial constraints that the club was suffering from. The Coyotes have shored up their defense with this addition and will probably pair the solid stay-at-home defenseman with budding superstar Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the Coyotes top defensive line. While Michalek will cost around $4.5 million against the salary cap next season, the Coyotes will look at him as an upgrade from Michal Rozsival who is a unrestricted free agent and will cost the team nearly the same amount to re-sign for next season. Kudos to GM Mike Barnett and the Coyotes front office for this acquisition.
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Written by Michael Jenkins
I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. Graduated from THE University of Arizona. I now reside part time in San Francisco, CA. I am a diehard Phoenix Coyotes fan (season ticket holder since Day 1) and a diehard Chelsea FC fan. I am passionate, energetic and highly grateful to get the opportunity to work in this business again.