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from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
So when a trade executed at the NHL draft on Friday paved the way for his return, Michalek was just as eager as the Coyotes to reunite.
“That team’s really close to my heart; so is the city, and I know they have great fans,” Michalek said. “I’m really happy to be back, and hopefully I can continue playing the way I was when I was there.”
With three seasons left on his contract at $4 million per year, Michalek wants to be a factor in the Coyotes’ future. The team’s recent run to the Western Conference finals reaffirmed that.
“Nobody expected anything out of them again, and they proved everybody wrong,” said Michalek, who is in the midst of rehabbing his hip after a procedure in May but is expected to be ready for training camp.
“They’ve had that mentality for the last three, four years, and (General Manager Don Maloney) and (coach Dave Tippett) they’ve done such a good job putting a competitive team on the ice and playing good defensive hockey, good structured hockey, and it’s the mentality that I like, too.”
The NHL has decided that no suspension or fine will be handed to Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Zbynek Michalek for his hit on Washington’s Matt Hendricks on Sunday night.
Michalek was assessed a minor elbowing penalty for the hit just before the mid-way mark of the second period. Michalek made contact with Hendricks in the end boards behind the Pittsburgh net shortly after Hendricks played the puck.
The 29-year-old Czech defender has no previous suspension history in the NHL.
via Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Penguins defensemen Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek will be returning to Pittsburgh for further evaluation of medical issues.
That means defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Alexandre Picard, both of whom were recalled from Wilkes-Barre this afternoon, figure to be in the Penguins’ lineup against the New York Rangers tonight.
Letang has a broken nose and might be suffering other problems after taking a blindside hit in the face from Montreal’s Max Pacioretty Saturday.
There is no word on the nature of Michalek’s problem, although he recently missed 10 games because of a broken finger and did leave the Montreal game early.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Michalek, 26, led the NHL last season with 271 blocked shots, yet he played in all 82 games. In four seasons, he’s missed only seven games, all at the start of the 2007-08 season, with a broken hand. Michalek also is the average ice-time leader among the top 10 shotblockers with 22:46 minutes per game.
“I think that most of the players in the NHL play through bumps and bruises, it’s part of the game,” Michalek said. “I’ve been hurt and played through injuries. That’s the life of a hockey player.”
Michalek said shotblocking is instinctive and reactive, opportunities develop quickly and don’t lend themselves to analysis and preparation.
“Actually, it’s not too bad,” Michalek said. “I was lucky last season, nothing really hurt me and I didn’t break any bones. Of course, it hurts to get hit in a bad spot, but that’s part of hockey, a physical game. I’m guessing that I place my pads really well. I don’t know why for certain, but it may come from when I was young and my older brother and I played street hockey. I was the goalie and he was shooting at me.”
read on and a list of the top shot blockers in the game today…