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Coyotes Acquire Rozsival from Rangers for Wolski

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Monday, January 10, 2011

Michal Rozsival
GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Michal Rozsival (MEE-khahl, roh-ZIH-vahl) from the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Wojtek Wolski (VOI-tehk, VOHL-skee).

“I know Michal well from my time with the Rangers in New York,” said Maloney. “He is an intelligent, puck moving defenseman who can play heavy minutes against good players. He will make our strong defense even better.”

► Click here to listen to an exclusive interview with Rozsival.

Rozsival, 32, has recorded 3-12-15 and 22 penalty minutes (PIM) in 32 games this season for the Rangers. He was third on the team in average ice time (22:02).

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Rozsival finished the 2009-10 season ranked second among team defensemen in assists (20), blocked shots (130) and also ranked second with a plus-six rating on the road, and third in average ice time (21:26) . He was one of four Rangers to skate in all 82 games. The Rangers posted a record of 10-2-6 when he registered a point. Rozsival skated in his 600th career NHL game on Jan. 9 at Boston.

In 669 career NHL games with New York and Pittsburgh, the Vlasim, Czech Republic native has registered 60-181-241 and 535 PIM. Additionally, Rozsival has collected 4-10-14 in 33 playoff games with the Rangers and Penguins. Rozsival was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round (105th overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

In 36 games with the Coyotes this season, Wolski recorded 6-10-16 and 10 penalty minutes.
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