Hawks’ Rozsival badly injures ankle in Game 4 vs. Wild after catching skate in rut

Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival isn’t in his prime, but he is important to Chicago’s defense corps. However, it looks as if he’ll be out for some time after a gruesome ankle injury in Game 4 of the Hawks’ second-round series against Minnesota.

At age 36, veteran Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival no longer is in his NHL prime, but still fills an important need on Chicago’s defense corps. However, after a gruesome injury in Game 4 Thursday, Rozsival isn’t likely to play again in the playoffs – and he may have played his final game in hockey’s best league.

The Hawks were leading 2-0 early in the second period when Rozsival began to move back toward Chicago’s zone, but as he attempted to move from skating backward to forward in his pursuit of Wild winger Thomas Vanek, Rozsival’s skate caught a rut, twisting his ankle in a nasty manner: (WARNING: graphic images)

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Rozsival had to be helped off the ice and didn’t return. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but this is the type of injury that can end an older player’s career.