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Rangers Agree to Terms with Defenseman Michal Rozsival

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defenseman Michal Rozsival.

Rozsival, 26, appeared in 51 games with HC Ocelari Trinec and HC Moeller Pardubice of the Czech Republic Extraleague (Czech) last season, registering two goals and 13 assists for 15 points, along with 70 penalty minutes. At season's end, he led all Pardubice defensemen in penalty minutes (70), and tied for third in assists (13) and fourth in points (15) among team blueliners. In 16 post-season contests, Rozsival tallied one goal and two assists, along with 34 penalty minutes, and helped his club capture the 2005 Extraleague championship. His teammates during the 2004-05 season included Milan Hejduk and Petr Prucha.

The 6-1, 215-pounder has appeared in 237 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, registering 18 goals and 47 assists for 65 points, along with 161 penalty minutes. Rozsival established career-highs in 2001-02, as he played in a total of 79 games and led all Penguin defensemen with nine goals, 20 assists and 29 points. In 1999-00, he ranked second among team defensemen in points (21), tied for second in goals (3), third in assists (17), and ranked third in plus/minus (plus-11). In addition, Rozsival has appeared in 79 career American Hockey League (AHL) games with the Syracuse Crunch and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, posting 11 goals and 30 assists for 41 points, along with 106 penalty minutes. He sustained a knee injury in the first game of the 2003-04 campaign, causing him to miss the remainder of the season. During the 2001 AHL post-season, he tallied three goals and 19 assists along with 23 penalty minutes for Wilkes-Barre in 21 games, helping lead the Penguins to the Calder Cup Finals. His 19 playoff assists ranked first in the American Hockey League.

Prior to turning professional in North America, Rozsival skated in 134 games with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (WHL), recording 22 goals and 86 assists for 108 points, along with 202 penalty minutes.

The Vlasim, Czech Republic native was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round, 105th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

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