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March 20, 2017 01:28 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Back at top level
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek was recalled from AHL Tucson on Sunday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

Michalek hasn't played at the top level this season, but could make his season debut Monday or Tuesday should some additional depth along the blue line be required. However, he's still not a very appealing fantasy option.

October 10, 2016 12:52 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Placed on waivers Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek was waived by the team Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.

Michalek was a mainstay on the Coyotes' blue line last year, as he played 70 games while averaging over 17 minutes per night. Despite his opportunities, the defenseman garnered a paltry seven points and added just 20 PIM. If the 33-year-old is unclaimed, he will be reassigned to AHL Tucson, but may be on the short list for a call-up during the season.

September 23, 2016 03:50 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Opens scoring against Team USA on Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek scored a goal in the Czech Republic's 4-3 victory over Team USA on Thursday.

Zbynek's younger brother Milan hogged most of the glory with a pair of goals in this game, but the veteran defenseman managed to get on the board first 12:44 into the first period. Don't expect him to contribute much offense with the Coyotes this season, though, as you have to go all the way back to 2008-09 to find a season in which the older Michalek scored more than five goals.

March 9, 2016 10:12 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Back in action Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek (upper body) will play Wednesday against the Canucks.

Michalek's availability shouldn't have any affect on fantasy owners' lineups, as the 33-year-old blueliner has tallied just six points (two goals, four assists) in 54 games this season. Michalek is expected to skate alongside Connor Murphy on the Coyotes' third pairing in Wednesday's contest.

March 7, 2016 02:34 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Day-to-day with upper-body issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury and will not dress Monday against the Avalanche, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

While Michalek's absence will certainly impact the Coyotes, it won't make much of a ripple in the fantasy realm. The blueliner owns just six points through 54 games this season, averaging a paltry 16:32 over that frame. His biggest contribution comes in the form of blocked shots (96), but not enough to put him in consideration for the vast majority of season-long leagues, and his value remains minimal in daily contests as well. Michalek's next chance to return comes Wednesday against the Canucks, so check back before the game for another update on his status.

March 5, 2016 02:20 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Returning to action Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek (lower body) will be in the lineup Saturday night against the Panthers, Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports reports.

Michalek missed Thursday's loss to Anaheim, a game in which the 'Yotes were manhandled by a potent Duck attack and surrendered five goals. Michalek is a clamp-down defender and that's exactly what his team needs after such an embarrassing loss. From a fantasy standpoint, he'll help most in leagues that count blocks -- Michalek is averaging 6.44 of those bad boys per 60 minutes this season.

March 3, 2016 09:07 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Out Thursday against Ducks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek (lower body) will miss Thursday's game against the Ducks, Craig Morgan of AZ Sports reports.

Michalek missed practice on Thursday and was replaced by Jared Tinordi during line rushes. It's unclear as to the extent of Michalek's injury as he played more than 18 minutes on Monday, nearly two minutes more than his average ice time this season.

March 3, 2016 05:07 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Absent from morning skate Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek wasn't on the ice during Thursday's practice, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

Michalek is questionable for Thursday's tilt with Anaheim. It's not clear what the blueliner is dealing with, as he logged 18:23 in Monday's game versus Pittsburgh. The veteran hasn't been a big producer this season, recording just six points in 53 games. Jared Tinordi skated in Michalek's normal spot on the second defensive pairing during Thursday's skate.

January 9, 2016 04:40 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Will play Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Dave Tippett told reporters that Michalek "looks like he's good to go," indicating he will play Saturday against the Predators, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

Michalek, who has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in 31 games this season, will likely be paired with Klas Dahlbeck in Saturday's contest.

January 7, 2016 08:48 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Won't return Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek (upper body) will not return to the lineup Thursday against the Flames, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

Michalek suffered the upper-body issue in Saturday's contest against the Oilers, and Thursday's game against the Flames marks his third straight absence. Stefan Elliott will draw into the lineup in his place once again, making the blueliner's next chance to return Saturday when the Coyotes host Nashville.

January 4, 2016 04:02 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Out for Monday's contest
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek (upper body) will miss Monday's game against the Canucks, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

Michalek reportedly suffered the injury during Saturday's contest, and it will now cost him Monday as well. His absence will likely open the door for Stefan Elliott to rejoin the lineup, making the blueliner's next chance to return Thursday against the Flames.

January 3, 2016 07:00 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Day-to-day with upper-body injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury he suffered in Saturday's game against the Oilers, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

It's unclear exactly what caused Michalek's injury Saturday, but it appears the issue could put his availability for Monday's game in doubt. He should receive an update at some point between morning skate and the contest providing a bit more clarity on his status.

December 27, 2015 06:58 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Returns Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek returned to the lineup Saturday, recording two hits and two blocked shots in the contest against the Kings.

Michalek was considered questionable for the game, but ended up playing and getting himself in the scorebook with a couple of stats. The blueliner doesn't provide much on the offensive end, and has averaged just 17:11 of ice time this season.

December 26, 2015 03:28 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Iffy for Saturday's game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek (lower body) is questionable for Saturday night's showdown with the Kings, per Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett.

If Michalek is unable to suit up for the fourth consecutive game, he won't have to wait long for the next contest as the Coyotes go right back to work Sunday night against the Avalanche. In related news, defenseman Nicklas Grossmann will return from an upper-body injury Saturday, which gives the Coyotes even less incentive to rush Michalek back.

December 22, 2015 04:12 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Out again Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek (lower body) won't play Tuesday against the Maple Leafs, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

Michalek skated Monday, but still isn't ready to return to the Yotes' lineup, and will miss a fourth-consecutive game Tuesday as a result. The 32-year-old blueliner will hope to return to action Saturday against the Kings following the NHL's holiday hiatus.

December 18, 2015 05:00 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Won't play Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek (lower body) won't play Saturday against the Islanders, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

The Coyotes will hope to get Michalek back as soon as possible, as they've been terrible defensively during his two-game absence, allowing at least five goals in each of their last two contests. They'll be without the 32-year-old blueliner for at least one more game, however, as his next opportunity to return to Arizona's lineup won't come until Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.

December 17, 2015 04:22 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Out Thursday with lower-body injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek has a lower-body injury, and according to Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, the defenseman will not play Thursday night versus the Blue Jackets.

Michalek is a suffocating defenseman who probably would have helped disrupt the Columbus offense Thursday night. However, his absence will barely shake things up in the fantasy realm since he only has three points in 27 games this campaign.

December 1, 2015 02:06 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Back in action Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek (illness) will return for Tuesday night's game against the Predators, Sarah McLellan of Arizona Republic reports.

Michalek's illness caused him to miss last Saturday's game against the Senators, but evidently he's no worse for the wear and ready to lace his skates for another contest. Unfortunately, he hasn't recorded a point since the second game of the season.

November 30, 2015 03:14 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Feeling better Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Dave Tippett indicated Monday that Michalek (illness) was feeling better, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

Michalek missed Saturday's game against the Senators because of the illness, but it appears the issue is largely behind him. Barring a setback of some kind, it seems likely he'll be in the lineup Tuesday versus the Predators.

November 28, 2015 10:10 PM
Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek: Will not play Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michalek will not play in Saturday's game against Ottawa due to an illness.

Michalek has recorded just two points this season for the Coyotes. Connor Murphy is expected to see more time on the ice with Michalek sidelined.