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Radim Vrbata | Winger | #17

Team: Arizona Coyotes
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/13/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 194
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 7 (212) / COL
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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

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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

Radim Vrbata was credited with the game winning goal Monday night as the Coyotes beat the Ducks 3-2.

Vrbata fired the puck toward the net, but it was kicked in by a Ducks player. His goal came at the 14:50 mark and lifted the Coyotes to a 3-0 lead at the end of the third and as it turned out they needed the advantage after giving up one in each of the final two periods. Vrbata entered the night with one assist in each of his last five games, but the last time he had a goal to call his own was January 21 against the Lightning.
Feb 21 - 12:03 AM

Radim Vrbata increased his points streak to five games Saturday.

Vrbata picked up his 29th assist of the season on the Coyotes lone goal scored by Martin Hanzal and it gives the veteran 40 points in 57 games. He struggled last season in Vancouver with 13 goals and 27 points but has regained his form back in Arizona. Look for teams to be interested in trading for Vrbata as the NHL deadline for deals is March 1.
Feb 19 - 5:18 AM

Radim Vrbata registered an assist in a 5-3 win over Los Angeles on Thursday.

That extends Vrbata's point streak to four games. He has 11 goals and 39 points in 56 games this season. That's quite the step up from his 29 points in 2015-16, but it's well behind the 63 points he recorded in 2014-15.
Feb 17 - 4:13 AM

Radim Vrbata recorded an assist in a 5-2 loss to Edmonton Tuesday night.

Vrbata is on a three-game point streak. He has 11 goals and 38 points in 55 contests in 2016-17.
Feb 15 - 4:35 AM

Thanks to Elliotte Friedman, an interesting detail in potential trade candidate Radim Vrbata's contract has emerged.

According to Article 50.5, page 271 of the CBA, the Coyotes can agree to keep up 50% of all bonuses he reaches. Which are for 20 goals, 40 points plus advancement in the playoffs. In short, if a team agrees to retain a portion of a salary then they also agree to pick up the same percentage of all bonuses reached. Vrbata has 11 goals and 35 points in 51 games for the Coyotes thus far. He dings the cap at just $1M with another $1.25M in potential bonuses.
Feb 9 - 5:20 PM

Radim Vrbata had a piece of four goals as the Coyotes beat the Lightning 5-3 Saturday night.

Vrbata scored a goal at the 10:19 mark of the first. He had three assists to Tobias Rieder, Michael Stone, and Martin Hanzal. With four points, he lifted his total to 33 and pads his lead over Oliver Ekman-Larsson who had only one assist Saturday night for a total of 25 points for the season.

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Christian Dvorak
2Jordan Martinook
3Peter Holland
4Josh Jooris
5Brad Richardson
6Dave Bolland
7Christian Fischer
8Clayton Keller
LW1Max Domi
2Jamie McGinn
3Lawson Crouse
4Teemu Pulkkinen
5Alexander Burmistrov
6Brendan Perlini
RW1Anthony Duclair
2Radim Vrbata
3Shane Doan
4Tobias Rieder
D1Oliver Ekman-Larsson
2Alex Goligoski
3Jakob Chychrun
4Zbynek Michalek
5Connor Murphy
6Anthony DeAngelo
7Luke Schenn
8Kevin Connauton
9Chris Pronger
G1Mike Smith
2Louis Domingue