The Coyotes added to their defensive corps Friday when they acquired Zbynek Michalek from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for center Erik Westrum and minor league defenseman Dustin Wood.
Michalek, a 6-foot-1, 199-pound 22-year-old defenseman from the Czech Republic, split time between the Wild and the AHL in 2003-04. In 22 games with Minnesota, he had one goal and one assist, and in 55 games with the Houston Aeros, recorded five goals and 16 assists.
Westrum had a goal and an assist in 15 games with Phoenix in ’03-04, but with six centers already on the Coyotes’ roster, he was unlikely to see much time playing in the NHL this season.
Wood, who signed with the Coyotes last summer, played 80 games with the Utah Grizzlies (AHL) in 2004-05 and finished with two goals and eight assists.
COFFEY MOVING ON
Hall of Famer Paul Coffey, who worked as a special teams consultant for the Coyotes since 2002 and made occasional visits to the Valley, has left the team because of other business commitments.
Coffey opened an automobile dealership last year in Toronto, where he lives, and as owner and operator decided he didn’t have the time to continue assisting the Coyotes.
Phoenix will hold its open house/select-aseat event from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at Glendale Arena for fans to see which seats are available for the upcoming season. Tyson Nash and Denis Gauthier will be on hand to sign autographs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Cale Hulse and Jeff Taffe will sign from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.