Whoa, wait! The Blackhawks did something during the offseason!
I mean… it’s not exactly a really great signing.
But it’s something!
Anyway, the Blackhawks signed former Coyote Michal Rozsival to a one-year, $2 million deal today. Here’s the press release from the Blackhawks:
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defenseman Michal Rozsival (ROH-zih-vahl, MEE-khahl) on a one-year contract.
Rozsival, 34, recorded 13 points (G, 12A), 34 penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 54 regular-season games with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2011-12. The Vlasim, Czech Republic, native helped Phoenix reach the 2012 Western Conference Final for the first time in franchise history, posting two PIM, 31 hits and 28 blocked shots in 15 games.
Originally selected in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, the blueliner has appeared in 756 career regular-season National Hockey League games, tallying 260 points (64G, 196A), a +58 rating and 589 PIM across 12 seasons with the Penguins (1999-2003), New York Rangers (2005-2011) and Coyotes (2011-2012). He has reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs seven times, notching 14 points (4G, 10A), a +2 rating and 40 PIM in 52 games.
Rozsival has twice represented his country at the World Championship, including a gold medal run at the 2010 World Championship in Cologne where he collected two assists and four PIM in nine games. He has also posted 41 points (11G, 30A) in 79 career American Hockey League regular-season games.
So what does this mean for the Blackhawks? Well, really, it means that we’ve signed a guy that will probably end up on the third pair and eat up more minutes so Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook can be on the ice for only 25-ish minutes per game (instead of, say, 30-ish minutes). He also brings some meanness to the blue line (recall when he laid out quite a few Blackhawks during the first round of the playoffs last year).
Does this spell the end for either Niklas Hjalmarsson and/or Steve Montador? Second City Hockey seems to think so, and Fels’ argument makes sense to me.
I’m just glad that the Blackhawks actually did something this offseason. I just about went into a coma.