New York Rangers: Michal Rozsival Is Finally No More

January 11th, 2011 by Zach Vanderberg Leave a reply »
On January 10th, 2010, the New York Rangers sent defenseman Michal Rozsival to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for struggling forward Wojtek Wolski.

Rozsival was the longest tenured Rangers skater, and the only member of the team who had worn the jersey as long as his goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist.

Rozsival joins a growing list of large contracts that had been shipped out of New York recently, Scott Gomez and Ales Kotalik jumping to mind. 

Rozsival was brought in via free agency in 2005 as part of the Czech movement, an acquisition of many Czech players such as Martin Straka and Marek Malik to compliment the team's new superstar, Jaromir Jagr. Rozsival put up respectable numbers in his first few seasons with the Rangers, surpassing the 10 goal mark twice and even hitting the 40 point plateau and winning the NHL's plus minus award in 2006. Rozsival was seen through rose colored glasses by most Rangers fans who jumped on his defense partner, the much maligned Marek Malik.

However, after Malik left town following the 2007-08 season and Rozsival received a massive new contract, Rozsival's defensive struggles became apparent to ever ...

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