Chicago Blackhawks Sign Michal Rozsival to One-Year, $2 Million Deal

Former New York Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival has signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. Rozsival, 34, played the last season and a half with the Phoenix Coyotes, but riddled with injuries. Rozsival was traded for Wojtek Wolski on January 10, 2011.

From Adam Gertz of CBS Sports:

…The addition of Rozsival helps to solidify what was an already strong blue line in Chicago that includes Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Steve Montador, Johnny Oduya and talented youngster Nick Leddy. Given the way Chicago’s goaltending situation played out last season with Corey Crawford and Ray Emery (26th in the NHL in save percentage) and in the playoffs (even worse than it was during the regular season) the Blackhawks are probably going to need a strong defensive effort…

At $2 million for just one season, Rozsival is a good value pickup for Chicago.

  • With Eminger re-signing yesterday, it begs the question: would you want another tour of duty from Rozsival to compete for a bottom-pair spot at $2 million, or are you happy with Eminger and his $750k coming back for another season?
  • Personally, I’d take Eminger back. Yes, he’s been injury prone and isn’t the best defenseman, but he’s a good teammate and seems content in his role. At this point in his career, it’s also his best chance at winning a Cup.

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