Coyotes sign defenseman Michalek to four-year deal

Updated: April 15, 2006, 9:22 PM ET
Associated Press

Zbynek Michalek
Michalek

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek signed a four-year contract Saturday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 23-year-old from the Czech Republic ranks fourth among NHL rookies in ice time this season, averaging 22:48. He has nine goals, 15 assists and 62 penalty minutes and also leads the Coyotes and all rookie defensemen with 163 blocked shots.


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