Zbynek Michalek D ARI 2 months ago

Michalek signed a two-year, $6.4 million contract with the Coyotes on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

Just months after dealing Michalek away to the Blues prior to the trade deadline, the Coyotes will bring the defenseman back in what marks his third stint with the organization. Michalek isn't a big name in fantasy circles after totaling four goals and eight assists across 68 games in 2014-15, but his abilities as a shot blocker won't be overlooked by the Coyotes. He'll likely settle back into a top-four role on a suddenly improving blue line.

Zbynek Michalek D ARI 5 months ago

Michalek scored his fourth goal of the season and added an assist in Friday's win over Dallas.

Michalek's been producing of late, tallying two goals and four points in his last five games. The 32-year-old is stuck at 12 points on the season, but he's logging heavy minutes for the Blues and has coming close to the 30-point barrier a few times in his career. He blocks lots of shots and produces some offense, so if you're looking for a late-season pick up in a very deep league, he could be worth grabbing.

Zbynek Michalek D ARI 5 months ago

Michalek scored the team's lone goal in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Canucks.

It's just Michalek's third goal of the season (and first as a member of the Blues), ending a drought that dated back to Jan. 31. The 32-year-old has just 10 points on the year, restricting his fantasy value to deeper formats that reward speciality categories such as blocked shots.

Zbynek Michalek D ARI 5 months ago

Michalek picked up an assist on the winning goal Tuesday in a 3-2 overtime win against Pittsburgh. He had two PIM, recorded a shot and a blocked shot in the contest.

This is just Michalek's ninth point of the season and if he's on your fantasy team it's more likely for the blocked shots - he has 146 on the year. He is playing on the Blues' second pairing with Jay Bouwmeester right now, but the impending return of Kevin Shattenkirk (Abdomen) will shake things up a bit. You can expect Michalek to stay in the lineup somewhere, but his ice time may decrease a bit when that happens.

Zbynek Michalek D ARI 6 months ago

Michalek (concussion) will play Saturday against the Wild, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Michalek will be making his debut with the Blues after he was sent to the team from the Coyotes prior the Mar. 2 trade deadline. He had been dealing with the concussion since mid-February, but after practicing the last few days, Michalek informed coach Ken Hitchcock that he was ready to play. Michalek will swap in for rookie Petteri Lindbohm and pair up with Jay Bouwmeester.

Zbynek Michalek D ARI 6 months ago

Michalek (concussion) isn't expected to play in either of the Blues' games over the weekend, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

Michalek has yet to provide coach Ken Hitchcock with an indication that he's ready to play, so the Blues will more than likely hold him out of action until the blueliner says he's ready to go. The head injury has kept Michalek out since Feb. 14, predating his arrival in St. Louis prior to the trade deadline.

Zbynek Michalek D ARI 6 months ago

Coach Ken Hitchcock said Thursday that Michalek (concussion) will make his Blues debut as soon as the defenseman says he's ready to go, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

Michalek said Wednesday that he's no longer experiencing concussion symptoms, but it seems he still wants to get in a couple of more skating sessions before entering the lineup. While he'll remain held out of Thursday's game against the Flyers, there's a good possibility that Michalek could suit up for one or both of the Blues' weekend contests.

Zbynek Michalek D ARI 6 months ago

Michalek (concussion) is starting to close in on a return to the lineup, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

Michalek has yet to make his debut with the Blues due to the concussion that predated his acquisition, but he's made positive progress in his recovery over the last several days. He resumed skating late last week and was on the ice again for Wednesday's optional practice. It seems a bit unlikely that he'll be cleared to play in time for Thursday's game against the Flyers, but he may have a realistic shot at playing Saturday versus the Wild.

Zbynek Michalek D ARI 6 months ago

Michalek (concussion) skated on his own after Friday's practice, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Michalek's Blues debut has been delayed by the head injury, but he seems to be progressing positively and might not be far away from playing again. He could resume practicing in full with the Blues in the next few days, which would likely be the last hurdle he needs to clear in the recovery process.

Zbynek Michalek D ARI 6 months ago

Michalek (concussion) exercised the last three days and was schedule to skate Monday before being traded, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

Michalek was moved to the Blues in exchange for prospect Maxim Letunov and a conditional 2015 third-round draft pick. While he doesn't have a set timetable for return, his progress towards a return is encouraging and it seems plausible he could return at some point in the near future.