The Chicago Blackhawks have given veteran defenseman Michal Rozsival a one-year extension, according to multiple reports.
An NHL veteran of 14 years, Rozsival was a fourth round pick in the 1996 draft and has played for the Pittsburgh Penguins (1999 to 2003), New York Rangers (2005 to 2011), Phoenix Coyotes (2010 to 2012) and Blackhawks in the last three seasons. Rozsival, who is from Vlasim, Czech Republic, has accumulated 293 points (66 goals and 227 assists) in 890 regular season games and 25 points (5 goals and 20 assists) in 102 postseason games.
"Literally, I didn't even think how much my contract would be worth," Rozsival told ESPN about his new deal with the Blackhawks, which won the Stanley Cup title last season. "I just wanted to be back, be here with this group and be in this organization and help this team do something special again."
Rozsival, who was also a member of the Blackhawks' champion squad in 2013, is coming off a left ankle injury and surgery that caused him to miss the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He is currently on rehab but is on pace to return to the ice as early as next week.
Rozsival has also represented the Czech Republic ice hockey national team, playing for his country in two World Championships (2008 and 2010) and the Olympic Games (2014). In 18 international games for his country’s senior squad, he has registered two assists.