Rangers Sign Rozsival

Czech websites report that the Rangers have agreed terms with 26 year old Michal Rozsival, details to follow.

33 Responses to Rangers Sign Rozsival

  1. Kashin says:

    Who is Michal Rozsival?

  2. eric_empire says:

    Now thats iggnorant…

  3. H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS says:


    an ex penguin?

    wow big improvement for the rangers, add another -40 to the team…..

  4. RangerSteve says:


  5. mikster says:

    Actually Rozsival was one of the best defensemen for the Penguins as his career +/- in the NHL is a +3, that is far from -40…

    He is still young at 26, has offensive upside and even TSN considers him a top 4 d-man.

    He is worth giving a shot to even after his knee injury. Why did the Rangers get him? I think a trade may be coming.

    Rangers offense from their defense is pretty decent with Tyutin, Kondratiev, Pock, Rozsival (if he does well), and possibly Rachunek next season.

    That leaves Poti out of the picture and i doubt he will be a Ranger next season unless 1) He does not get traded before the deadline, or off-season 2) He has a 55-60 point season.

  6. clivediggs says:

    Another choice of Jagr’s, most likely. Glen Sather can keep on fishing in BC as long he continues to let Jagr call the shots.

    Rozsival is offensive-minded, but he has knee problems a la Pavel Bure. He missed all of 2003-2004 with the same right knee injury that cost him 30+ games a few years back.

    Maybe he is healthier now, but he seems like an awful candidate for taking a prospect’s spot on the team. Unless he is taking Poti’s spot…in that case I’ll be happy!

  7. GretzNYR99 says:

    This signing is weird to me.

    Tyutin out of all of our prospects is the most ready of them all to make the jump to the NHL. He showed us that last year. Next in line I would say, would be his good friend and fellow Russian, Maxim Kondratiev, who has had more than enough time in the minors, and last year played in arguably the top league outside of the NHL in the Russian superleague, and had a solid year.

    This tells me that there’s some sort of setback, or that there’s a trade coming.

  8. mikster says:

    Jagr has not had much contact with any of the signings, especially the Straka one.

    Rozsival is worth a shot and is much better defensively than Poti is. Yeah, i would like to see a nice return for Poti.

  9. Coyotes4life says:

    And where did you see that on Tsn??

    Just went there and there is nothing to report this…Have you been talking to Eklund again?

  10. TMLsundin says:

    Yep, Rangers offense from their defense looks good with a career 34 goals between the players you mentioned.

    Christ, it makes the Leafs wingers look good.

  11. mikster says:

    No, the report is not on TSN, it’s on Czech websites and trust me, i am far from even hearing or looking at Eklund’s “rumors”, as most of them are just speculation.

    What i said was that he is considered a top 4 d-man on TSN, his TSN profile.

  12. mikster says:

    I said decent, not good.

    And Flames’ D scored 26 goals. Does that Stanley Cup Finalist defense make your Leafs wingers look like all-stars then?

  13. blovenhl66 says:

    As a Pens Fan…..

    I bid farewell…..they waited long enough for him, and his injuries didn’t help him. I would have rather had Andrew Ference stick around longer, but both never really lived up to the hype.

    By the way….he never lived up to being that offensive minded of a player (then again, we didn’t put much around him the last 3 or 4 years).

  14. wheresthesoda says:

    yea, but the rangers D-men now include:

    poti, kaspar, malik, rozsival, tyutin, and now the last spot can go to another prospect, b/c puriton or strudwick will not be playing this season, cause then Sather would be a dumbass….my guess pock will get the last slot.

    The pairings will probably be like:




    thats my guess…so if rozsival plays alright…this is a good signing for the last defense roster spot

  15. clivediggs says:

    I wouldn’t give Sather so much credit. I don’t see the “rebuilding-the-Rangers-from-within” strategy that he so often communicates when he takes a prospect’s spot with a free agent who has potential if he’s healthy. He can’t have that much potential if the Pens never kept his rights and he wasn’t signed yet.

    Purinton may be the 7th D-Man, but Kondratiev should get the chance to make the top-six.

    I wouldn’t be this picky about these signings, but it’s just that Sather says one thing, then does the other. If we are going to fill up our cap with veteran salaries, let’s fill it up with vets that are guaranteed to be an asset (i.e. They will play a full season). I’d rather save my “chances” for the prospects.

    I do hope that I am proven wrong. As a Ranger fan, I hope that Rozsival plays 75 games and holds his own. Only time will tell.

  16. OldGoalie says:

    I think Rozsival considered himself to be an offensive defenseman…but I don’t think the Pens agreed. From what I’ve seen over the years, he’s at his best when he plays with a bit of an edge, and he can be very effective at those times…but he rarely plays like that anymore.

  17. Bretzky says:

    and “ignorant” has one ‘g’

  18. Bretzky says:

    insecure and unintelligent leaf fan bashes Rangers no matter what case number 38239473.

  19. mikster says:

    Rebuilding does not mean you just use your own inexperienced prospects who may not even be NHL ready and tank seasons, unless you are the Penguins.

    Rozsival can be a part of the rebuilding process as he is still just 26 years old. Penguins let go of him because they did not make a qualifying offer of a 10% raise, where it would take cap space when they were big buyers, plus he did not play a whole season.

    Rangers still have just 5 (maybe 6 if Ward makes it) veteran forwards and possibly three (depending on a trade) or four vets on defense.

    That means the Rangers will have 6 to 7 forwards and 3 to 2 d-men, and one goalie as their own from their system.

    How is that not building from within?

    Also, you have to look at next season. Poti will most likely hit the UFA market, Straka, Rucinsky, Rucchin may not even re-sign…

    Maybe Rachunek will never come back.

    What are you going to be left with? A bunch of prospects making up an AHL team in the NHL, with Jagr?

    Rangers are building from within, hence the signing of Prucha and Immonen to add on the roster.

  20. mikster says:

    Still young and has the offensive tools. Maybe in the new NHL (new rules) he can prove his offensive worth.

    What i like about his career thus far is that he’s been on a horrible defensive team yet still has a +3 rating in his NHL career.

  21. big_booty says:

    This is one of those signings that will be completely forgotten once the season starts.

    If you’re trying to build a winning team, picking a defender off the scrapheap of the worst team in hockey (coming off a knee injury, no less), just isn’t the way to go.

    Roszival as a replacement for Poti? That’s a step backward. At 27, he’s not all that young, either.

    I suspect he won’t even make the club, making all of this discussion academic.

  22. mikster says:

    But they are rebuilding not trying to build a winning team to contend for the Cup, and Rozsival, prior to his injury, was well considered a top 4 d-man and playing for a horrible defensive team he remained +3 in his career thus far.

    Rozsival won’t really be a “replacement” for Poti, he is added depth and better defensively than Poti.

    I think you are clueless on Rozsival and just making a biased opinion.

  23. guinsfan4life says:

    Rozie is so soft; he;ll last until probably mid November-December until he is injured.

  24. clivediggs says:

    I hope so. It will probably be forgotten after 2 preseason games and his rights knee goes again (for the 3rd time).

    Having watched enough underperforming players play for the Rangers, I’d rather see a young kid with some real potential than a could-have-been, no matter what his age.

    The only problem is, if he can play, Ranger coaching/management will probably put him in, just because he has NHL experience…even if a young call-up could fill in. They’ve done it that way for Sather’s entire tenure.

  25. clivediggs says:

    Oh, yeah. But as a replacement for Poti, I think that would be fine. If you lay a stick on the ice by the left faceoff circle, that would be an improvement over Poti. It won’t get caught out of position as much, and could knock someone over.

  26. TMLsundin says:

    And when you get a goalie that shatters NHL records, you will goto the finals too.

  27. Bishop7979 says:

    Rozival is an injury prone player who doesnt know how to play through pain. At least two separate coaches questioned his toughness and desire to play in the NHL during times of minor injury.

    He is an offensive minded defensmen, he has a very hard shot from the point but his shot accuracy is that of a blind man.

    He is inconsistant in his willingness to play physical, but when he does play physical he does play somewhat well in his own zone.

    After coming off a string of injuries most Pens fan assumed that his less than spectacular NHL career was over. I’m surprised that any team would give him a shot.

  28. GretzNYR99 says:

    Yeah, and the Eagle hasn’t been flying high in Toronto, your point is?

  29. wingerxxx says:

    He’s an upgrade over Poti defensively…Roszival is not a great defenseman, but I’d rather have him defending deep in my own zone over Poti right now. Hopefully Poti can be dealt. If that is the case, I am all for this signing. I’d rather have a defense by committee than have Poti playing 25 minutes a night. 27 is definitely not that young, but not that old either.

  30. GretzNYR99 says:

    Why is that number so high?

    The last time they won a cup, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix were still alive.

    That’s something to be proud of?

  31. cecilturtle says:

    With the Rangers filling up most of their roster spots with Czech players… I dont know who I am going to root for come the Olympics if Team USA faces off against the Czech’s?

    Cecil Turtle

  32. TheHead says:

    The Score quickly posted it on their ticker that there were reports coming out of Detroit that there was a 3 team deal close to being finalized. According to the report the trade would also include the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals. According to the report the trade would end up breaking down like this.

    TO DETROIT: Olaf Kolzig, Karel Pilar and a 1st RD PICK in 2006

    TO TORONTO: Henrik Zetterberg and Brendan Witt

    TO WASHINGTON: Manny Legace, Nik Antropov and Ken Klee.

    This Trade Was Reported On The Ticker By The Score.

  33. letsgorangers says:

    what does this have to do with this post????????

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