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2010 NHL Free Agency: Coyotes working on re-signing Zbynek Michalek

Jul 1, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

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The Phoenix Coyotes are desperately trying to keep defenseman Zbynek Michalek, one of the more underrated defensemen to hit the open market this year. He’s set to become a free agent in just under 20 minutes, but until then the Coyotes are working on re-signing their defenseman to keep him in Phoenix.

With the cap going up and Michalek on the upper tier of defensemen among free agents this year, there’s a sentiment that he’d have to take a ‘hometown discount’ for Phoenix — since he’s likely to sign a better contract elsewhere.

The chances of Michalek staying in Phoenix right now looks incredibly slim, however.

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