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Radim Vrbata | Winger | #17

Team: Arizona Coyotes
Age / DOB:  (36) / 6/13/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 194
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 7 (212) / COL
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Pending UFA Radim Vrbata could still end up signing an extension with the Arizona Coyotes.
Vrbata will be free to sign with anyone as of July 1st, but according to beat reporter Craig Morgan, the door hasn't been shut on a potential return. The 36-year-old had a solid 20 goals and 55 points in 81 games. The Coyotes decided against trading him away at the deadline, so letting him walk for nothing would be a bit silly on their part. Jun 27 - 9:03 PM

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If Radim Vrbata does re-sign with the Coyotes, it will just be on a one-year deal.

Vrbata has already stated that he wants to return for the 2017-18 campaign, but perhaps he doesn't want to make a commitment beyond that. He had 20 goals and 55 points in 81 games in 2016-17, so it's likely that the Coyotes and other squads will be interested in his services.
Apr 10 - 3:03 PM

Radim Vrbata intends to play in 2017-18.

Vrbata, who will turn 36 in June, will need to sign a new contract as his current deal expires this summer. "There wasn't just one day where I said, 'OK, you're playing,'" Vrbata said of his decision. "It was more throughout the season, the feeling was that I can still do this and continue and be important to the team in some way and just enjoy being around the guys and around the people that are around the team. Then we talked as a family what we want to do. The oldest (son) wants me to play, so that had something to do with it. And, yeah, we just feel like we have one more year in us." He has 20 goals and 55 points in 80 games this season.
Apr 8 - 10:05 AM

Radim Vrbata picked up two goals to help Arizona get past the Canucks 4-3 on Thursday.

Vrbata goals were his team leading 19th and 20th markers of the season. The points snapped a three game point-less streak. The 35-year-old has 55 points in 80 games. Max Domi picked up two assists in the win. Alex Burmistrov and Luke Schenn scored the other goals.
Apr 7 - 1:03 AM

The Coyotes will get Radim Vrbata (lower body) back on Thursday.

Vrbata wasn't able to play on Tuesday. He has 18 goals and 53 points in 79 games this season.
Apr 6 - 3:06 PM

Radim Vrbata won't play Tuesday because of a lower-body injury.

He leads the Coyotes with 18 goals and 53 points in 79 games this season. Arizona also won't have Oliver Ekman-Larsson (personal) in the lineup, so the team won't have their most productive player and their top defender against Dallas.
Apr 4 - 1:25 PM

Radim Vrbata is set to play his 500th game with the Arizona Coyotes on Monday against the Nashville Predators.

He is set to become the 15th player in franchise history, and 7th player in team history to achieve this. After a sub par season with the Canucks, Vrbata has bounced back this year with 51 points in 71 games. If he chooses to continue playing next season, he will likely get a raise on his $1,000,000 salary.
Mar 20 - 7:02 PM

Radim Vrbata has recorded a minimum of one point in 14 of his last 18 games.

Vrbata has six goals and 16 points in that 18-game span. He's up to 17 goals and 51 points in 70 games, which is nearly double his point total from his rough 2015-16 campaign.
Mar 17 - 9:06 AM

Radim Vrbata will become the 310th player in NHL history to play in 1,000 games on Thursday against the Senators.

"I've played half of my career here and I'm glad it worked out to where I get to play this game in front of Coyotes fans," Vrbata told Jerry Brown of NHL.com. He boasts 274 goals and 602 points during his long career in which he's spent just shy of half of in the Coyotes organization. Over that span he's lit the lamp 152 times with 336 points in 493 games with a howling desert dog on his chest. Congratulations to Vrbata on a remarkable accomplishment! Check out the link below to see where he ranks on the Coyotes' all-time leader boards.
Mar 9 - 6:45 PM

The Arizona Coyotes didn't end up trading Radim Vrbata.

Vrbata is playing on a one-year, $1 million contract, but that deal can escalate to $3.25 million with performance bonuses, including an extra $250,000 per playoff round reached. That might have scared up prospective buyers as it had to potential to put certain teams over the salary cap with bonus overages, which would then hurt them in 2017-18. For his part though, Coyotes GM John Chayka argued that Vrbata was kept in part to keep the Coyotes competitive for the rest of the season. "We’re still trying to grow here, have a competitive year and finish off the season well with our good young group," Chayka said. "Radim was a guy, unless it was a great offer, we were going to keep him." Arizona won't be making the playoffs given its 22-33-7 record.
Mar 2 - 7:22 AM

The bonuses on Radim Vrbata's contract might keep away some potential trade partners.

Vrbata will be owed an extra $250,000 per playoff round he participates in, which makes him a difficult player for teams close to the cap to fit in. Teams are allowed to exceed the salary cap via bonuses, but every bonus dollar that puts the club over the cap is counted towards their 2017-18 cap instead. In other words, while fitting Vrbata under the cap is possible for this season, for certain potential buyers the decision to acquire them could make assembling their team more difficult for in 2017-18.
Feb 27 - 6:37 PM

Radim Vrbata hit the 600 point mark for his career on Sunday.

He got it with the winning goal with 18.9 seconds remaining as the Coyotes picked up a rare win. He has a nine game scoring streak and has four goals and 11 points during that time. Vrbata had a horrible season in Vancouver last year with only 13 goals and 27 points in 63 games but he has really come on this season with 15 goals and 46 points in 61 contests to date. He is another prime candidate to be traded from the Coyotes and every team should be interested in his scoring prowess.
Feb 27 - 7:13 AM

Radim Vrbata scored with 19 seconds remaining to cap off the comeback in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Sabres.

The Coyotes were down 2-0 heading into the third period, not to mention a key part of their team in Martin Hanzal was missing after he was traded right before the game. Vrbata got Arizona going with an assist early in the third on a goal by Max Domi and then he scored in the final minute to give the Coyotes a hard-earned two points in the standings. Vrbata now has a nine-game scoring streak and 46 points in 61 matches this season.
Feb 26 - 11:20 PM

Radim Vrbata scored a goal and an assist in Arizona's 5-2 loss to Dallas on Friday night.

He's now found the back of the net in each of his last three games. Vrbata, who is a pending unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, is likely to be traded before next Wednesday's deadline, so his increased production over the last few games with make the 'Yotes happy. He has 14 goals and 44 points in 60 games. He will likely fetch Arizona a second-round pick.
Feb 24 - 11:31 PM

Radim Vrbata scored a goal in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Coyotes found themselves down 3-1 in the first period, but Ryan White and Vrbata were able to score to tie the game at three heading into the second period. This could have been one of Vrbata's final games in a Coyotes uniform, as the pending unrestricted free agent could get traded before next Wednesday's deadline. The veteran has now scored in back-to-back games. He's up to 13 goals and 42 points in 59 games this season.
Feb 23 - 11:53 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Christian Dvorak
2Derek Stepan
3Jordan Martinook
4Peter Holland
5Nick Cousins
6Josh Jooris
7Brad Richardson
8Dave Bolland
LW1Max Domi
2Brendan Perlini
3Clayton Keller
4Lawson Crouse
RW1Radim Vrbata
2Tobias Rieder
3Anthony Duclair
D1Oliver Ekman-Larsson
2Alex Goligoski
3Jakob Chychrun
4Niklas Hjalmarsson
5Luke Schenn
6Kevin Connauton
7Zbynek Michalek
G1Louis Domingue
2Antti Raanta