The Arizona Coyotes have traded defenseman Zbynek Michalek and a 2015 third rounder to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for prospect Maxim Letunov .
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After losing all-star Kevin Shattenkirk to abdominal surgery the Blues are in need of defensive depth. Michalek is an experienced shutdown defenseman who was among the Coyotes leaders in blocked shots. However, he’s been sidelined the past two weeks by a concussion. This move comes with some risk for the Blues. If Michalek returns healthy down the stretch he’ll be a solid addition to their defense. He told TSN he’s been feeling better in recent days and could return to the ice soon. He’s also an unrestricted free agent so this could be a short tenure with the Blues.