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Zbynek Michalek | Defenseman

Team: Arizona Coyotes
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/23/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
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Zbynek Michalek played in his 500th game as a member of the Coyotes on Saturday.
Michalek is in his second stint with the Coyotes as he played for the Penguins in between. The rearguard has only two assists in 14 games this season as his fantasy value is in the blocked shots category where he is tied for 36th in the NHL with 26. Nov 9 - 4:54 AM

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Zbynek Michalek's hip has been fine so far in training camp.

Michalek was limited to 59 games last season due to hip problems. "I've been skating every day, been skating for about a week and skating in some tough skates," Michalek said. "I'm holding up pretty well and feeling better every day, so it's a good sign." He hasn't participated in a preseason game yet though, so that will be the next test.
Sep 26 - 9:44 AM

Zbynek Michalek is hoping to stay healthy this season.

The talented defensive defenseman has not played a full NHL schedule for the last six years, missing at least nine games and as many as 23 games in a season. While the Coyotes have not put any pairings together at this time, Michalek has been an outstanding complement to Oliver Ekman-Larsson and it would not take a lot of time for the duo to be comfortable with each other on the ice. When it comes to fantasy hockey, Michalek has big value in blocked shots and little else.
Sep 20 - 6:39 AM

Zbynek Michalek scored a goal in Phoenix's 2-1 shootout loss to Winnipeg Tuesday evening.

It was Michalek's second goal of the season and his ninth point. Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker assisted the goal.
Apr 2 - 3:28 AM

Zbynek Michalek is questionable to play Saturday.

He was hurt on a blocked shot in Boston on Thursday. "If he can find a way to play, he'll play," coach Dave Tippett said.
Mar 15 - 5:47 PM

Zbynek Michalek scored for the first time in 83 games on Saturday.

It was the game winner against the Penguins as it was a big night for Michalek and defense partner Oliver Ekman-Larsson as they shut down the Sidney Crosby line. Michalek was a plus-one with four blocked shots.
Feb 2 - 8:46 AM

Zbynek Michalek (hip) said he will be back in Phoenix's lineup on Thursday.

The Coyotes placed Rostislav Klesla on waivers Wednesday to make room for Michalek's return.
Jan 16 - 1:19 PM

Zbynek Michalek (hip) is still practicing but there is still no timetable for his return.

Michalek has not played since December 17 and is concerned that he won't be ready for the Olympics that start a month from now. Coach Dave Tippett is pleased with his progress. "That's a good sign he's skating every day and working every day," Tippett said. "At some point, I'm sure we'll get to the point where we say let's give it a try." Michalek has four points in 24 games but is more known for his defensive play and shot blocking ability.
Jan 12 - 9:36 AM

Zbynek Michalek (hip) isn't sure if he'll be ready in time for the Olympics.

Michalek has been named to the Czech Republic's roster. "Right now I"m not playing and I haven't played in a while," Michalek said. "The first thing here is to get healthy and playing again. … If everything goes well, I can go ahead and play and then play in the Olympics." More specifically, Michalek hasn't played since Dec. 17. He has four points in 24 games this season.
Jan 7 - 12:11 PM

Zbynek Michalek (hip) skated for 20 minutes on Friday.

Michalek has been out of action since December 17 with a hip injury and it looks to be a recurrence of an injury that kept him out of action from November 14-December 10. He is a terrific shot blocker and defensive specialist but there is no timetable for his return.
Jan 4 - 8:11 AM

Zbynek Michalek's lower-body injury is a hip problem.

Michalek missed time with the same injury earlier this season and he seems to have aggravated his condition. He is projected to be out for weeks this time around.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 04:53:00 PM

Zbynek Michalek is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.

He has returned home for further evaluation. Michalek was hurt on his first shift against Montreal on Tuesday night and his night ended after just 40 seconds of ice time. He has been placed on injured reserve and the Coyotes brought up Rostislav Klesla to replace him on the roster.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 02:19:00 PM

Zbynek Michalek (lower body) was activated from the IL on Tuesday December 10.

Michalek had a plus-one rating and logged 17:32 minutes in his return. He was sidelined for nearly a month.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 02:17:00 AM

Zbynek Michalek (lower body) took part in Monday's practice.

Michalek is a possibility to return on Tuesday after missing nine straight contests. He has four assists and 10 penalty minutes in 20 games this season.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 10:06:00 AM

Zbynek Michalek could return from a lower body injury this week.

Michalek has missed the last nine games with the injury but has participated in practice so his return is imminent. While he has little fantasy value in traditional pools, he does block a lot of shots.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 08:38:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Antoine Vermette
2Martin Hanzal
3Joe Vitale
4Kyle Chipchura
LW1Mikkel Boedker
2Lauri Korpikoski
3Martin Erat
4Brandon McMillan
RW1Shane Doan
2Sam Gagner
3Alexandre Bolduc
4B.J. Crombeen
5Tobias Rieder
6David Moss
D1Oliver Ekman-Larsson
2Keith Yandle
3Zbynek Michalek
4Michael Stone
5Connor Murphy
6David Schlemko
7Chris Summers
G1Mike Smith
2Devan Dubnyk