Shortly after the completion of the first round of the NHL draft Friday night, the Coyotes acquired defenseman Zbynek Michalek from the Penguins in exchange for defenseman Harrison Ruopp, goaltender Marc Cheverie and the 81st selection in the draft.
The 29-year-old Michalek spent five seasons with the Coyotes from 2005-10 and is coming off a season in which he collected two goals, 11 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a team-leading 144 blocked shots. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Czech native has spent eight seasons in the NHL overall with the Penguins, Coyotes and Wild and has accumulated 34 goals, 113 assists and 246 penalty minutes.
Michalek will help stabilize a defensive corp that could be in the midst of transition due to the unrestricted-free-agent status of stalwarts Michal Rozsival and Adrian Aucoin. The NHL free-agency period begins July 1.
Ruopp, who played in the Western Hockey League last season, had two goals, seven assists and 127 penalty minutes in 62 games with Prince Al...