I am kind of shocked to add to the news spreading today about the Rozsival signing. Who would have thought that something other than the noise between owners and players was happening behind the scenes?
Michal Rozsival was signed by the Hawks to a 1 year deal at a ballpark of 2 mil. An ex Ranger and Yote, who saw a decent amount of ice when he wasn't injured, Michal brings that size and aggressive play that everyone has been crying about. He is also coming from a pretty darn strong defensive team which is promising in itself to say the least. This move seemingly preserves a great deal of defensive options for the Hawks, and fills the blue line beyond capacity.
Someone has to go, and is most likely Hjalmer, which makes this fan sad. I still believe in Hjalmer and think he will be great under a different coaching staff. This move could also make one to believe that someone else would be leaving the back-end. Is Montador on his way out as well? Or, is someone injured (again, possibly Montador)? Could it be that Leddy is not showing the type of progress hoped by this point in the off-season?
More questions to add to the list of growing ones already around the state of the NHL. In the very least, Bowman added options to the Hawks defensive support. Rozsival is capable of 15 minutes a game and maybe more. He is known to be a strong PK presence and traffic remover, which is of obvious importance to the Hawks. We might see a solid D-Man let go because of what I saw as weak coaching, but that's the way it goes. Camp is going to be interesting, with all of the potentials and such a limited amount of space now. More on this in the coming days.