Ahead of tomorrow’s 2 pm (MST) NHL final roster deadline, the Coyotes have trimmed their roster by placing veteran defensemen Zbynek Michalek and Klas Dahlbeck on waivers. The move cuts the Coyotes’ roster to 25, two over the 23-man limit.
Under the NHL’s waiver system, the 29 other organizations in the league will have 24 hours to claim either or both players. If no team claims Michalek or Dahlbeck, they will no longer be on the Coyotes’ roster and will be eligible to join the Roadrunners.
Michalek, the 33-year-old Czech defenseman has played 781 games in the NHL including 609 with the Coyotes. If sent to Tucson, he will provide veteran leadership and serve as a great role model for young Roadrunner players. Michalek is in the last year of a two-year, 6.4 million dollar contract.
Dahlbeck, 25 has played a combined 94 NHL games with the Blackhawks and Coyotes organizations. Both players slipped down the defensive depth chart as a result of mediocre play and the emergence of defensive prospect Jakob Chychrun.
If they clear waivers, both players will provide the Roadrunners’ with leadership and valuable experience.
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