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Zbynek Michalek | Defenseman | #4

Team: Arizona Coyotes
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/23/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
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Zbynek Michalek will wait until the summer before deciding if he'll extend his career into 2017-18.
Michalek, 34, is a veteran of 783 career NHL games, but he spent the majority of the season in the minors. In fact, the Coyotes have only used him in two games so far in 2016-17. "I know this could be if not my last game playing for the Coyotes but potentially my last game in the NHL," Michalek said of Saturday's season finale. "So I couldn’t be happier to wearing a Coyotes uniform. It’s pretty special." Apr 8 - 10:07 AM

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Zbynek Michalek is expected to suit up in Saturday's season finale against Minnesota.

This will be his third game of the season with the Coyotes, where he's yet to register a point along with five hits and blocks. He did score, however, six goals and 14 points in 43 games with AHL Tuscon this season.
Apr 7 - 8:41 PM

Zbynek Michalek will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the Dallas Stars.

Michalek has skated in just two games this season. He doesn't offer much in terms of fantasy value and he should be ignored in all leagues. Teemu Pulkkinen will also watch the game from the press box.
Apr 4 - 8:28 PM

Zbynek Michalek and Teemu Pulkkinen are expected to be scratched against the Capitals on Friday night.

Unfortunately, neither have been offered much of a chance to make an impact. Pulkkinen has a goal in four games, while Michalek has a blank ledger in two games.
Source: Jerry Brown
Mar 31 - 9:08 PM

Zbynek Michalek is expected to be scratched against St. Louis on Wednesday.

The veteran defender has played just twice since being recalled, averaging 16:36 of ice time per game with no points, and five hits and blocks.
Source: Jerry Brown
Mar 29 - 9:22 PM

Zbynek Michalek will be scratched against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

The veteran defender dished out three hits and blocked three shots during his season debut on Sunday, while playing 15:55 of ice time.
Mar 21 - 3:39 PM

Zbynek Michalek will make his season debut Monday night.

He was brought up from the minors on Sunday. Michalek had seven points and 123 blocks in 70 games with the Coyotes last season.
Mar 20 - 3:46 PM

The Coyotes recalled veteran defender Zbynek Michalek on Sunday from AHL Tuscon.

The 34-year-old has posted six goals and 14 points with 32 PIMs in 43 games down on the farm, and has not suited up for the Coyotes this season. In 70 games with the Coyotes last season, he posted seven points with 84 hits and 123 blocks.
Mar 19 - 4:44 PM

Zbynek Michalek is not sure if he will play another season of hockey.

Michalek was sent to Tucson at the start of the season as the veteran was the extra defenseman out on the Coyotes blueline. "First I have to decide if I want to play," Michalek said. "If there’s an interest, obviously, NHL would be my priority, but I know at this stage and my age it will be pretty hard to get an NHL offer. But Europe is still a possibility, too, but it has to work out. It has to be the right situation for myself and especially my family. … If the right situation doesn’t come around, I might have to think about retirement." Michalek was a solid defensive defenseman whose fantasy value was in his ability to block shots.
Feb 12 - 5:51 AM

Zbynek Michalek has been assigned to the minors.

He cleared waivers before the regular season began and was a healthy scratch for Saturday's open versus Philadelphia. Michalek skated in 70 games with the Coyotes last year.
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 02:37:00 PM

Arizona's Zbynek Michalek is on waivers.

Michalek had two goals and seven points in 70 games last season. It's a bit of a surprise to see him among those waived Monday, but this won't impact the vast majority of fantasy teams.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 12:17:00 PM

Zbynek Michalek is back with the Arizona Coyotes after playing with the Czech Republic in the World Cup.

Between exhibition games and the tournament itself, Michalek got into six games thanks to the World Cup. With that in mind, the Coyotes plan to at least keep him out of Friday and Saturday's preseason contests in an effort to manage his workload. He had two goals and seven points in 70 games last season.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 09:59:00 AM

Zbynek Michalek will play for the Czech Republic at the World Cup of Hockey in September.

He was added to the team on Friday. Michalek will join Coyotes teammates Martin Hanzal on the roster.
Fri, May 27, 2016 05:03:00 PM

Zbynek Michalek averaged 17:01 minutes of ice time per game in 2015-16, which was his lowest amount since his rookie campaign in 2003-04.

"My role changed," Michalek said. "I didn’t play that many minutes as I used to playing third pair and kind of being a leader on the back end. We had a really young blue line, so that changed. I really tried to adjust. It wasn’t easy at the beginning but as the season went along, I think just mentally I was prepared to do that job." The good news is that Michalek managed to stay relatively healthy, reaching the 70-game mark for the first time since 2010-11. He had two goals and five assists in the 2015-16 campaign.
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 08:50:00 AM

Zbynek Michalek (upper body) took part in Tuesday's practice.

Michalek is expected to return on Wednesday after missing Monday's contest. He has two goals and six points in 54 contests this season.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 08:42:00 AM

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