Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 6/23/12
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 Albert. He was the Coyotes' third-round selection (84th overall) Coyotes in the 2011 draft. Cheverie split the 2011-12 season between Gwinnett of the ECHL and Portland of the American Hockey League. He was acquired from the Panthers in a trade for Justin Bernhardt on Sept. 8, 2011. The Coyotes had acquired the 81st selection in the 2012 draft from the Flyers in exchange for the negotiating rights to Ilya Bryzgalov last offseason.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tiger Woods tells golf world to try and kick this football he’s holding

Report: Paxton Lynch cutting out early while other QBs stay late

Michael Jordan unique 1984 Converse shoes could fetch up to $100K at auction

Former Coyotes minor leaguer named a pro scout after heart attack, leg amputation

Joe Girardi has interesting reason why no medical scans for Masahiro Tanaka

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ezekiel Elliott’s mom fires back after son criticized for being in car accident

Browns make Ryan Grigson senior personnel executive

Potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz looks positively jacked in recent photo

Manchester United wins Europa League Final, returns to Champions League

Ice Cube challenges LaVar Ball to make 4-point shot, will make it worth his while

D’Angelo Russell ‘likes’ tweet saying ‘no way’ Lakers should draft Lonzo Ball

The 'Farewell to the Manu, the Myth, the Legend' quiz

Box Score 5/24: Craig Anderson saves the Senators

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

Box Score 5/23: Preds, Warriors move on to respective Finals

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 'Farewell to the Manu, the Myth, the Legend' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker