Blackhawks Offseason: Chicago Signs Michal Rozsival To One-Year Deal

April 23, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks bench during the third period in game six of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at the United Center. The Coyotes beat the Blackhawks 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Chicago Blackhawks signed defenseman Michal Rozsival to a one-year contract Tuesday.

The Chicago Blackhawks added a veteran defenseman to their roster Tuesday, signing Michal Rozsival to a one-year deal. CSN's Tracey Myers confirmed the news of the signing on Twitter.

Rozsival has been in the NHL since 2000, playing with the Penguins, Rangers and most recently the Coyotes. Sam Fels at Second City Hockey had this to say about the newest Blackhawk:

" (A) miracle worker he is not. This is a kind-of big body you can put on the third pair to be a roadblock, and on the kill as well. In fact, he is a pretty effective penalty killer...In the end, he's a passable road-grater back there when he's on. You'll also recall him ragdolling some Hawks forwards last spring. There is some snarl here, and that's welcome on a blueline that's kind of short of it.

This signing appears to cement the departure of Niklas Hjalmarsson. $2 million is the unconfirmed total for the contract.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage on the Blackhawks' offseason, head over to Blackhawks blog Second City Hockey. And for more news and notes from around hockey, visit SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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