Fri, Aug 26, 2005 at 12:00am


The Phoenix Coyotes acquired defenseman Zbynek Michalek from the Minnesota Wild for center Erik Westrum and defenseman Dustin Wood.

What does it give the Phoenix Coyotes
The Coyotes add another right-shooting, puck-moving defenseman to go along with Derek Morris and David Tanabe. Michalek has a bright future in the NHL, but he isn't likely to crack the Coyotes' top-six rearguard rotation in 2005-06.

What does it give the Minnesota Wild
In Westrum, the Wild add a depth center who gives them a little more size. Wood has less potential than Michalek, and was largely a throw-in. Neither Wild newcomer is expected to see regular action in the NHL this season.

Fantasy impact

Player focus

Phoenix Coyotes

Zbynek Michalek D

Minnesota Wild

Erik Westrum C

Dustin Wood D