Trade Rozsival? Waive Rozsival? Not Likely

November 19, 2009, by

Let’s preface this title by saying that Michal Rozsival has been atrocious this year. He is eating up cap space, and this signing is really hurting the Rangers. Larry Brooks has called out the Rangers to get rid of Rozsival at any cost:

Rozsival is chewing up nearly $26,000 a day on his annual $5M cap hit. Deleting him by the end of the month via trade or demotion would clear an additional $3.4M of space that increases proportionately with the season.

Moving Rozsival this month would allow the Rangers to be in the market for pretty much anyone who becomes available. Including, perhaps, a player who will look out for his teammates.

Brooks’ numbers are right on. Each day Rozsival is on the roster, he eats up precious cap space. But, to be blunt, how exactly are the Rangers supposed to move Rozsival? Who in their right mind would trade for him? Even Mike Milbury wouldn’t trade for him at this point. So that option is out.

Waive him? Dump him in Hartford? Maybe. I mean, it seems easy, right? Just bury him in the minors, and free up all that cap space. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as you might think. There are a several risks involved with this maneuver.

First and foremost, remember that Bobby Sanguinetti and Ilkka Heikkinen did not impress in camp. If you waive Rozsival, and neither can handle the workload, then what? Recall Rozsival you say? Well, he has to pass through re-entry waivers. Teams may not want him at $5 million, but there’s a solid chance someone will scoop him up at half that. In this worst case scenario, you realize that neither Sanguinetti or Heikkinen can play in the NHL yet, you lose a defenseman who can at least fill a void, and you still have to pay $2.5 million for the life of the contract. Ouch.

There’s also the minor issue of pissing off the union, which will definitely happen if the Rangers waive Rozsival. It’s minor, but it could have a lasting effect if free agents don’t sign because of the fear of being waived if they don’t perform. Job security counts for something.

But hey, you have to bet big to win big, right? Maybe Sanguinetti received his wakeup call in September, and can contribute to the level that Michael Del Zotto has contributed so far this year. Personally, I don’t think Rozsival is going anywhere. MAYBE a buyout next year. Maybe.

Categories : Business of Hockey


  1. JACK says:

    If Bobby or Heniken are not ready for this level…so what…it is clear Rozy is not capable of playing at this level anymore and carries a $5 mill tag.

    Who cares about the union…the player didn’t perform..he can rot in Hartford and still earn his retarded check…why would the union be made at that.

  2. joe says:

    dave, at this point playing with five defensemen would be an upgrade over roszival

  3. Jeremy says:

    I used to be a fan of Rosival’s. I even vouched for his return when he hit free agency. Now, I can’t take it. He is not an offensive threat anymore. He doesn’t use his shot. He’s not a good passer. He’s the sixth defensemen on this team, but being paid like the second. I think the way to test if Sangs or Illka are ready for NHL duty is by calling them up and benching Rosy. It can’t hurt. If they aren’t ready, send back down. If they are, send Rosy down. Simple as that.

  4. Paul Smachetti says:

    The Washington Caps didn’t seem to have an issue with waiving Michael Nylander and sending him to the minors. Bite the bullet and send the dreck that is Michal Roszival to Hartford. It’s a crime that a player with his size refuses to play physical hockey in his own zone.