Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 11/19/14

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 06: Zbynek Michalek of the Pittsburgh Penguins passes the puck during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on November 6, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Penguins defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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...
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