Michal Rozsival’s Strong Play

Michal Rozsival. His name will never be popular with New York Rangers fans. It also remains a fact that at $5m per season the veteran Czech blue liner is nicely overpaid but it’s come to the stage where Rangers fans need to acknowledge how vital a presence Rozsival has become on a young and emerging defensive corps. Rozsival was poor…

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Defense Pairs Take Shape

Andrew Gross is tweeting that the Rangers defensive pairs are beginning to take shape, with the always reliable combination of Marc Staal-Dan Girardi being one of the pairs. Michael Del Zotto and Michal Rozsival are going to be paired as the second unit. This leaves Matt Gilroy and Michael Sauer as the third pairing, assuming Steve Eminger is the odd…

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Training Camp Preview: Defense

Training camp is right around the corner, and in our next training camp preview series –goalies were done last week– we are going to look at the defensemen vying to make the roster for the 2010-2011 season. Defense isn’t as cluttered as the forward position, but there are going to be some interesting battles in camp for those final two…

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Buyout Period Begins, Who are the Candidates?

Today marks Day One of the 15 day buyout period for NHL contracts. Teams have until June 30 to decide if they will buy players out. Spector at FOX Sports looks at each teams’ buyout candidates, and mentions Wade Redden and Michal Rozsival as potential candidates for the Rangers. Unfortunately, it is very unlikely that Redden will be bought out,…

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Souray For Rozsival?

According to Pierre LeBrun, the Rangers are interested in Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray. To make it work financially, the Rangers would send Rosy or Redden (but most likely, Rozsival). Souray is 3-9-12 on the year, but he’s also on the Oilers, and quite frankly, they suck. That’s why the -15 isn’t too alarming. I’ve always liked Souray. He’s got a…

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Brooks: Time for Slats to Admit Mistakes

Never short on criticism of Rangers GM Glen Sather, Larry Brooks of the NY Post has called out Slats and says it’s time to admit some big mistakes. If it is true that pride goes before the fall, then if Glen Sather is too proud to admit his mistakes in signing Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival the second time and Donald…

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Where Sather Went Wrong: Extending Rozsival

Part One. Part Two. This is now the third part of a the decisions of General Manager Glen Sather. Sather has come under some real heat lately, as the Rangers are in what appears to be a free fall, and have no cap room to make any adjustments. The highest paid players on the Rangers have been, to be delicate,…

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Rozsival Saves the Game

The Rangers withstood the storm, literally, from the Hurricanes last night. Up 2-1 in the third period, Carolina put up 13 shots, forcing Henrik Lundqvist to be at his best, making some incredibly difficult saves look easy. This it was Michal Rozsival’s turn to have the spotlight. Rozsival, who has been playing a lot better as of late (maybe he…

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Buying Out Michal Rozsival

To say that the Rangers have had trouble on defense is an understatement. They have been terrible, and the worst culprit of them all has been Michal Rozsival. He has been flat out horrible, getting caught out of position on a shift-by-shift basis. Many, including myself, thought that Rozsival would have a good year this year in an offense-first system….

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Trade Rozsival? Waive Rozsival? Not Likely

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…

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