Blackhawks Sign Michal Rozsival

In surprising news, the Blackhawks announced on Saturday morning that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman and Michal Rozsival on a one-year contract.

Rozsival, 37, is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Hawks but his 2015 postseason ended prematurely when his ankle bent in a way God didn’t intend. He posted 13 points in 65 regular season games with Chicago last season.

39 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Michal Rozsival

  1. There is still gas in Michal’s tank. 15-20 minutes a night may be asking too much, but the need for experienced D-Men is always a priority. Depending on how things work out in camp, and the young roster, this is a wise move.

    Best of luck Michal

  2. There’s a plan here but who knows what it is. Guessing Rozy will start the season on LTIR to let his ankle fully recover.

  3. On another matter:

    Blackhawks had Ryan Haggerty playing on his off (left) wing during the prospect tournament and he scored a few goals. In an interview afterwards the interviewer who apparently knew Haggerty’s background commented all the Blackhawk personnel watched Haggerty a lot during his college games at RPI. Seems Blackhawks were interested in signing him as a free agent but he signed with the Rangers, his boyhood favorite team.

    Will be very interesting to follow his progress during camp.

  4. Judging from reports on the prospect tournament Haggerty and Gustafson were both very good. I hope they both have good training camps and make the Hawks roster decisions tough. Nice news about Haggerty because at the time of the trade I wasn’t sure what we got. I’m actually very optimistic about the youth coming up for the Hawks.

  5. I’m kind of surprised that he was signed so soon. They haven’t had a good look at Hejda or any of the other prospects yet. Maybe having him under contract could make him part of a package down the road towards the end of training camp.

  6. At a cap hit of $600K (additional $200K if bonuses met), AND if Rozy can fully recover from the ankle injury – this is a very nice signing. He doesn’t have to play much in the regular season and will probably start on LTIR, but he will be a reliable 5-6-7 guy for the playoffs. Unlike Hejda and Visnovsky, Q knows and “trusts” Rozy and that means a whole lot in the Q-universe.

  7. Marko Dano on fire in the scrimmage today, he had 3 goals. Sam Jardine has been feisty – two fights. The big 18 year old kid Radovan Bondra really looks like he’s got some skill.

  8. Just trying to keep things light on the blog. I have no issue with the signing except that he takes one of 50 contracts.

  9. Watching Marko Dano last year I saw a firecracker type of a player. Hard not to like him. A Shaw type of a player, but with skills.
    He seemed like a RW to me in the sense he’s not a LW at this point. His main ‘move’ is to go up ice, stop on a dime and make some sweet inside/cross ice passes for 2nd wave attackers. At LW he doesn’t have that.

  10. Dumdum-” A Shaw type of player, but with skills” …..don’t be too surprised when you open your front door Shaw is standing there and you have some ‘ splainin’ to do. Maybe offer to shovel his driveway this winter.

  11. Dano is a very intriguing prospect. As someone else noted on the site after the trade, his body type is very similar to Parise which should make him difficult to move off the puck or the front of the net. He was described as “big” in a couple of interviews which is funny considering he is under six feet – in his case big means thick.

  12. Great to see the Hawks rewarding Rosy. The injury against Minnesota was painful to watch. Add to that, his flight got canceled on June 15th the night the Hawks won the Cup due to severe weather.

    He might play only 25 games this year when all is said and done, but so what.

    Going forward I am curious to see Jan Hejda in game action. He’s definitely a third pairing NHL defenseman plus I love his polar bear size.

  13. MS- that was my 2 cents on Dano… plays like a mini Parise (but actually thicker and stronger)… Dano has a better shot/hands than Parise… if 56 has 80% of the heart as 11… Dano will be a stud!!! Parise is right up there with 19 as far as compete/heart go… If Dano stays on top line 60+ games… he scores 20 goals+ easy. (assuming 19/81 are healthy and there)

    Hof are you watching live at ND?

  14. Mining Man – I’m not saying Shaw doesn’t have skills… obviously. But he isn’t such an important player because of that. He’s value comes from his fighting skills.
    I watched Dano in 3 games after the Hawks got him. He has the same edge Shaw does, same propensity to ‘get it done by all means’.
    My point is that he looks like a typical skilled winger, but to me , his biggest trait is the edge he has while trying to put those skills into action. I mean…he’s 20 and I saw a couple of cheap shots (he had 2 penalties in 1 quarter in one of those 3 games I watched, he has a lot of penalty minutes in his career), I saw his diving to block a slap shot and I saw him going in front of the net battling with a guy twice his size.

  15. Ugh, Shaws value has nothing to do with fighting. He is a good skater with plus hands who digs in the corners is a tenacious forechecker and infuriates people. Much more useful when hes on the ice as opposed to the box.

  16. Rosival is a good smart player who has helped the Hawks quite a lot. Assuming he recover from a devastating injury then he will help as the 6/7 guy along with Runblad. I’m not sold on van Riemsdyk at all. So veteran depth and insurance policy is a good thing. The Hawks under Quenneville and Bowman know what they want to do defensively. It comes down to somebody stepping up in a real way that goes beyond 2,4,7.

  17. Re: while Rosey can be slow and passed by on the rush (see preds series)…

    I do love 32’s ability to be patient when Hawks have the puck… I have made the comment several times- other players seem to be scared of forechecking 32 when he is looking up ice with puck??? I really- don’t know why…

    Cheap – insurance- good move in the end…

    Latest story says- no DNA evidence in/on Genital area/panties…. bodes well for kane – Unless there is a “Trojan” Horse…

    DumDum- Dano is/ might be the biggest/strongest Hawk on roster… I always like to consider a player’s weight to height Ratio…. and then throw in the Low center of gravity (which when you are skates/ice) is a huge factor – and makes a player even harder to knock off the puck (only downside- short guy is going to take a lot of sticks/gloves to the face– Like 65)…

    It’s all about the “heart/want to” scoring in dirty areas (29 doesn’t have it) – just looking at Dano /Youtube… says he does, but we will see soon, in much larger Sample of time.

  18. Saw online that Dano is playing wing w Toews and Hossa, love that.

    Can anyone confirm who has been skating w Ansimov and Kane? I am assuming those 2 are on the 2nd line.

  19. Dumdum-I know what you meant, we all knew what you meant. Thought it was a nice “in” to throw in a bit af humour. Dano and Panarin are going to tear it up throughout the NHL…throw in TT, Anisimov and Tikhonov and we are on fire. Knowing how to win, experience and tutelage from Toews, Hossa, Kane, Seabrook, Keith makes us nuclear. No one around the league has kept us with us on this scale.

  20. SSHM……Bickel was skating with Kaner and Anisimov. I feel bad for Bickel, he looks lost out there. His hands are terrible and he has no jump, if it is vertigo and it is concussion related, he should hang ’em up before he can’t stand on his feet.

    The excitement of the day was the fight between Ross and Shaw. Ross was chippy the entire game and he woke up the bear. Ross got a few in early, then Shaw got the left hand free and, well, let’s just say that the kid has a headache tonight after Shaw punished him.

    Svedberg is frickin’ huge!! His reach is from board to board, but his feet are a bit slow. Marco Dano was with Toews and Hossa and although he doesn’t have the size of Saad, he will do very well on the line with two future Hall of Famers. Wall is right about Dano. Trevor Daley was all over the ice and between him and Duncan Keith, we will have an EXTREMELY mobile defense. That guy can skate! I loved him in Dallas.

    Teravainen looks like he put on about 2 pounds……LOL. The kid still looks like an 8th grader……..but he has a Stanley Cup. Panarin played, but wasn’t noticeable as far as I was concerned, maybe I missed something because I was watching Svedberg and Rundblad so much.

    The other guy that played really well was Paille. I know he is on a PTO, but today in his own end as the puck was being moved around on a power play, the net was wide open and the guy knelt down in from of a slap shot and took it in the chest to save a goal……in a scrimmage game. He may not make the team, but it’s bringing professional players into camp like Paille that make the young guys take notice. Ballsy play by a guy who won a cup with Boston and knows what it takes to win.

  21. Great stuff Reg. a guy I heard nothing about all weekend was defenseman Cameron schilling. He is listed in top 10 in the Hockey News on the depth chart yet I did not see his name anywhere this weekend. Was he even there ?

  22. Really appreciate the updates. Excited as hell to get this season underway. As for Rosey, glad they brought him back for minimal $$. I hope he heals well and can contribute.

  23. Cameron Schilling skated on Sunday. He didn’t make any glaring mistakes that I could see, but I was trying to follow everyone and they didn’t have any printed material with names or numbers so that the fans could follow players, but they did have their names on their jerseys(sweaters).

    Schilling skated on the RED team with Kaner, Shaw, Bickel and Anisimov. He did make one excellent rush in the second game when he took the puck from his own end, sprinted down the right wing and eluded 2-3 checks along the boards in order to get the puck into the white team zone. The kid has good wheels and good vision on the ice.

    Ya’ know, I reffed ALOT of hockey over the decades and played ALOT of hockey all of my life, now I am into my mid-fifties. I have seen many tryout camps, scrimmages, practices and tryout games where certain young players will push the temperament of the PRO players by making a big hit, or maybe an “up and comer” taking on a bigger guy in a fight, or even a viscous slash across the star players hands just to make a statement. I didn’t get the feeling that any one of the young players needed to make a statement to the older guys about respect. Guys like Toews, Seabrook, Daley, Keith were all talking to the young guys on the bench AND on the ice. The fight between Ross and Shaw wasn’t about disrespect on Ross’s part, but Shaw letting a young player know that he cannot act like a DICK at a tryout camp and get away with it. They were both the same size, by the way. I think the young players realized the stage that they were on with the HAwks and Notre Dame and they didn’t want to screw it up.

    Two things I saw that REALLY made me feel good about why I love hockey so much………Patrick Kane came off the ice after a HORRIBLE shift and he was very frustrated, yet he leaned over the boards and gave his stick to an 8 year old kid who just happened to be sitting about 3 rows from us. The kid was elated, his dad was calling everyone from his cell phone to talk about it and we were all happy because a player who is not on a great frame of mind right now, had the presence of mind to make a kid happy. A class move by a guy who needs some good “props” right now.

    Lastly, there was a player for the white team, a defenseman, #55, who took a slap shot right to the face shield in front of us. He was in trouble as soon as the puck hit him. He never saw it coming and the force of the shot slammed the shield right into his nose and there was blood everywhere and he was in major panic mode for about 10 seconds. Finally, as he was helped up off the ice Brent Seabrook skated over to him, tapped him with his stick and said, “don’t worry, you’re not gonna get any uglier”. The kid was laughing under the blood soaked towel. A class move by a class guy from a class organization playing a scrimmage game at a class university. I love this game.

  24. That was Kirill Gotovets who took the slap shot to the shield – he’s in camp on an AHL deal and split last year between Indy and Rockford.

  25. Craig, on Cameron Schilling – Mark Bernard mentioned him last week in an interview, said he expects Schilling to be a depth/recall guy and said they’ve been following him for a couple years and almost signed him two years ago.

  26. Hof…..thanks for the help. Yes, Kirill Gotovets was the player dropped by the slap shot. I hope he is stitched up and ready to skate, soon.

  27. Again we see eye to eye, this time on Shaw, Mining Man. I know the original comment was tongue in cheek but at this point, Shaw’s reputation is overshadowing what he’s doing on the ice, and it’s probably a good thing if other teams buy it. He had an incredible playoff run, and took over possession of the puck many times the Hawks really needed it. And he held onto it, too! Essentilly the opposite of a guy like Versteeg, who is considered “skilled” but can’t seem to keep a puck on his tape for more than 2 strides, if that. Shaw took a big step forward, and I was really worried about his future with the team, glad it seems he’ll be back this year. If you’ll believe this, when I saw the Saad trade I first though it was Shaw, and was a teeny bit relieved when it wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, it was a really teeny bit.

    As chairman of the #32 fanclub, this is a good day. Confusing, surprising, but good. I’ll say it again, he is an excellent point man on a team that needs that kind of possession. And as many pointed out before his big injury, he does get beaten to the outside on D, sure. But at least he didn’t get beaten to the inside (looking squarely at his replacement). I will be surprised if Rozy makes the team, I almost thought it would be some kind of ceremonial signing/retirement (I was thinking, hey, do that many more people like Rozy as much as I do to warrant the hero’s exit?) but I’ll go ahead and defer to Q’s defenseman evaluation if that ends up happening.

  28. Ok, I feel I have to clarify my Shaw comment about him having his main value coming from his fighting skills.
    I didn’t mean it in the way that he’s a hockey fighter, that he’s an enforcer, that he’s on the ice to fist fight.
    I was talking about his competitive edge, his will to out will himself and the opposition.
    He’s fighting for shifts, he’s fighting for the puck wherever it is, he fights to keep it, he fights for space, he bites, he claws, he punches (if necessary). He fights for everything he has on the ice.
    My read on Dano is that he also has that type of competitive/whatever it takes,mix it up attitude, but with him you see it in different ways (shot the puck on net from any position, play at maximum speed). His hockey skills are much more comparable to those of Teravainen, but his edge is much more similar to those of Shaw. And that’s his main trait on the ice.
    That’s just my very amateurish opinion after seeing him in 3 Jackets games I downloaded after the trade.

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